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Woman accused of exploiting elderly person

People who know Elaine Bentley say they can't believe the charges filed against her. Kentucky State Police say she went into a bank and tried to swindle an elderly woman out of $60,000.

"It shocked all of us, really. It just shocked all of us," says Krystal Hardin.

Hardin says she's known Elaine Bentley nearly all her life. She says Bentley is the last person she'd ever suspect of trying to take advantage of an elderly woman, but that's exactly what she's accused of. Family members say Bentley was cleaning 85-year-old Marcella Lambert's home when she stole $900 from her purse. State Police say Bentley then took Lambert to the bank and intimidated her into writing a $3,000 check in advance for her services. Police say she came back again a few days later and tried to withdraw $60,000 from Lambert's account. Krystal Hardin says that doesn't sound like the person she knew.

"I've known her since I was real little. I used to have Bible studies with her. She's always been a person for me to look up to," she says.

Hardin says she's known Bentley to have problems in the past and she hopes she can get help.

"She's always been the person you go to if you ever needed anything. I hope Elaine gets help, whatever she needs. I hope she has support," says Hardin.

Ms. Bentley was released from the Rowan County Detention Center on a $5,000 surety bond.


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