Former Enid woman accused of taking more than $5,000 from older woman

Enid Police Department

ENID, Okla. — A former Enid woman has been charged with abuse by caretaker and exploitation of an elderly person for allegedly taking more than $5,000 from an Enid woman's bank account to make payments on cellphone bills and her Harley-Davidson.

Patricia Louise Sivils, 34, of Harrah, faces up to 10 years in prison and/or a fine of up to $10,000 on each felony charge. Online court records show a warrant for Sivils' arrest was issued, with bond on the warrant set at $10,000.

According to an affidavit filed in the case, on Sept. 19, 2018, Adult Protective Services specialist Carol Johnson made a report with Enid Police Department about the exploitation of a 65-year-old who lived with Sivils on East Park.

Johnson told police she reviewed the woman's bank statements and found evidence Sivils used the woman's funds for her own purposes, according to the affidavit. Johnson told police Sivils withdrew $5,342.67 between February and August 2018 from the woman's bank account.

Officer Andy Morris spoke with the 65-year-old woman Sept. 19, 2018 and asked about the incident reported by Adult Protective Services. The woman told him she did not give Sivils permission to take the money, according to the affidavit.

The woman said Sivils had access to her bank account and assisted in paying bills, according to the affidavit. She said she got tired of never having money and getting overdraft notices from the bank, so she removed Sivils from the account Sept. 11, 2018.

Morris asked about a cash withdrawal for $801 on Feb. 1, 2018. The woman said she knew nothing of the transaction or where the money went, according to the affidavit. The woman said she gets $750 a month in Social Security.

Bank documents show Sivils signed the withdrawal as "Patty Sivils" and the woman confirmed it was Sivils' signature, according to the affidavit. The woman said she did not know of, or authorize, the transaction.

Morris also asked about a $750 withdrawal on March 1, 2018, according to the affidavit. The woman said she had no knowledge of the transaction or what it was used for and that she never saw any money from the transaction.

There were transactions on April 2 and 3, for $25 and $293, according to the affidavit. Morris asked the woman if she ever used her bank account to make a payment to PayPal for $25. The woman said she had never used PayPal.

Morris asked if she paid a U.S. Cellular phone bill, according to the affidavit. The woman said she does not have a cellphone, and it would be Sivils paying for her own cellphone bill.

Morris asked the woman about seven other transactions totaling $4,018.67, according to the affidavit. The woman said she had no knowledge of the transactions and did not make any of the transactions herself.

On Oct. 11, 2018, Sivils spoke with a detective about the older woman's bank account. She confirmed the woman lived with her for the past 14 years and she was on the woman's bank account as an authorized user.

The detective asked Sivils if she contributed money to the account, according to the affidavit, which she denied, saying she has her own bank account.

Sivils was asked about $801 withdrawal and told the woman claimed she never saw the money, according to the affidavit. Sivils said the money probably went to rent or cellphone bills.

When asked about the $750 withdrawal, Sivils said she would give the woman the money or the woman would tell her which bills to pay, according to the affidavit. Sivils said the woman was there to help her with bills and her children.

In regard to the U.S. Cellular charge on the woman's account for $293, Sivils said she and woman had cellphones, but they were in her name, according to the affidavit.

Sivils was asked why the money was coming out of the woman's account if the account was in her name, according to the affidavit. Sivils said that sometimes they would be between paychecks and the cellphone bill would be due, and she didn't have the money. Sivils said she would use the woman's account and pay her back.

Sivils also told the detective she used the woman's account to pay a cellphone bill for a friend, according to the affidavit. Sivils said the friend gave cash back to the woman after the payment was made. Sivils said she did not pay her friend's bill with her account because she did not have the funds.

Sivils was showed a charge of $797 from HDFS retail cons. She said she was unsure of the charge but then said it may have been from when a man named James Splane made a Harley-Davidson payment, according to the affidavit. Asked why the payment would come from the 65-year-old's account, Sivils said she did not know why.

Sivils was asked about another charge for $524 to AT&T. Sivils said it would be something between the woman and Splane because he has AT&T, according to the affidavit. Sivils was asked if she made the payment and Sivils said, "No, sir."

Police spoke with Splane and asked about the $524 charge to the 65-year-old woman's account.

He said, "Yeah, that was when Patty paid on the cellphone bill," according to the affidavit. Splane said the $797 charge to Harley-Davidson was made by Sivils on her motorcycle, which was repossessed about a month before.

Splane said Sivils had him make the payments online because he had to log into the accounts. He said Sivils gave him the 65-year-old woman's account information, according to the affidavit. He said he did this for the AT&T and Harley-Davidson payments.

Splane said Sivils gave him the woman's account information, and he never had access to the woman's account, according to the affidavit.

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Rains is police and court reporter for the Enid News & Eagle. Follow him on Twitter, @cassrains. He can be reached at crains@enidnews.com.

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