Quincy woman set for trial after allegedly stealing money from 90-year-old mother

Donna Adcox, 63
Posted: Jul. 23, 2014 10:10 am Updated: Aug. 6, 2014 10:15 am
Herald-Whig Staff Writer

A Quincy woman will go to trial on financial exploitation of the elderly charges after she allegedly took more than $27,000 from her 90-year-old mother’s checking account.

Donna Adcox, 63, 1114 E. 1453rd Lane, pleaded not guilty to two counts of financial exploitation of the elderly after Judge Scott Walden found probable cause existed to hold her case over for trial after a preliminary hearing. Adcox will go to trial on Oct. 14 after an Oct. 3 pretrial hearing.

If convicted, Adcox could be sent to prison for up to 14 years on the Class 1 felony charges. She is eligible for probation.

Adam Gibson, a detective with the Quincy Police Department who also acts as the department’s elder services officer, said Adcox was a co-signer on a checking account of her mother, Valda Brown, 90, of St. Vincent’s Home.

Gibson said he was contacted by nursing home officials after they believed that Brown was being exploited by Adcox. Nursing home officials told Gibson that Brown owed the home $15,525.39. Nursing home officials told Gibson they had been trying to work with Adcox since July 2013 to have Social Security funds that Brown received deposited into her account at the home. Gibson said those funds were redirected from Brown’s checking account to the home soon after he opened his investigation in April.

Gibson subpoenaed records of Brown’s bank account and found more than $19,000 worth of checks that Adcox made out to herself or to cash in 2012. Gibson said Adcox was added to the account in 2010. Gibson said it appeared an additional $8,000 was taken by Adcox in 2010 and 2011.

Gibson said Adcox had taken $27,626 from Brown’s account. Gibson said Adcox was removed as Brown’s power of attorney after a 2008 investigation but was not prosecuted, because she agreed to pay back money she had taken.

“Ms. Adcox asked to be put back on as a co-signer in 2010 to help Brown pay (Brown’s) bills,” Gibson said.

Gibson said Adcox also had Brown take out loans at three area financial institutions. Gibson said that Adcox had written “St. Vincent Home”  in the memo section of several checks in 2013. The home said it did not receive any money from Adcox from those checks.

Adcox’s attorney, Drew Schnack, argued his client shouldn’t have to stand trial because no evidence was presented about what happened to the money she allegedly took. Walden said he found probable cause because of the withdrawals that were made in Adcox’s name or to cash.

“That’s sufficient enough for a preliminary hearing,” Walden said.

Adcox was arrested on May 5 and made her first court appearance. She was released on a $10,000 recognizance bond. As part of her bond requirements, Adcox is not allowed to have any contact with her mother and must stay 1,000 feet away from her and the nursing home.