By: Patti Weaver
(Stillwater, Okla.) — A Perry woman has been placed on four years’ probation for financial exploitation of a rural Cushing woman for whom she had been a caregiver in 2017 and for knowingly possessing over $18,000 worth of jewelry in Payne County that had been stolen from a Noble County rancher in 2018.
Amanda Heather Sabrsula, 47, pleaded guilty to those charges two weeks ago before Payne County Associate District Judge Stephen Kistler, who gave her two consecutive two-year suspended sentences, court records show.
Sabrsula admitted taking the rural Cushing woman’s credit card and using it to obtain cash, merchandise and food for herself — not the woman described as being in the early stages of dementia, court records show.
“Sabrsula admitted to having a gambling addiction and using the majority of the money for cash withdraws to gamble,” Payne County Sheriff’s Investigator Rockford Brown wrote in an affidavit.
“I have obtained direct video evidence from First Bank & Trust in Perry of Sabrsula using the drive through ATM to make a withdraw,” on the Cushing woman’s credit card, the investigator wrote in his affidavit.
“I also obtained still photos of Sabrsula using the card in Walmart located at 4545 W. 6th in Stillwater,” the investigator wrote in his affidavit.
“I conducted an interview with Sabrsula at Perry PD on the 4th of August (in 2017). I asked her about each unauthorized charge and if she had made them. Sabrsula said that she was the one responsible for making them,” the investigator wrote in his affidavit.
Sabrsula “was suspected because she lives in Perry and was one of three people who worked at (the Cushing woman’s) home,” the affidavit said.
Sometime after July 4, 2017, the Cushing woman’s card “was taken from her home and used in several places in Payne County and in Noble County,” the affidavit said. The credit card fraud was reported to the Payne County Sheriff’s Office in July of 2017 by a relative of the victim, the affidavit said.
According to Noble County court records, two months ago Sabrsula pleaded guilty to three counts of burglary there in 2018, for which she was given three concurrent one-year jail terms followed by six years of probation, three $500 fines, and an order to pay $18,180 restitution for the jewelry stolen from a Noble County rancher.