Toledo woman sentenced: Victims couldn't communicate

Diane says, "From a personal perspective, it's very angering to know that you trusted this person."
Diane says, "From a personal perspective, it's very angering to know that you trusted this person."
By Lisa Rantala - email

(WTOL) - The judge called her a predator. Now a woman who stole thousands of dollars from the severely mentally challenged will spend time behind bars.

She worked as a team leader at the Anne Grady Center. The severely disabled victims couldn't even communicate.

In court, Tiffany Jackson represented herself as a 26-year-old single mom with a lot of remorse. Her attorney said, "She had tears, and I think she regrets the fact that she will be spending some time at CCNO."

After she preyed on three disabled women she took care of, Judge James Jensen saw her as something else. "It's almost predatory what you did," he said.

"The ladies in that particular home are not able to verbally communicate like you or I do," said Diane with the Anne Grady.

Jackson started with the center in February of 2007. In 2008, she became a team leader. Diane explained the duties as, "monitoring things like the finances, making sure medications are served when they're supposed to be."

That's when police say she withdrew more than $3,000 from her clients' accounts. The center received a notice of insufficient funds. They linked it to Jackson and fired her.

Diane says, "From a personal perspective, it's very angering to know that you trusted this person."

Jackson claims she used some of the money for the clients themselves. Her attorney explains, "Some of their necessities, food, clothing."

There are no receipts to back it up. The judge sentenced her to 30 days behind bars and five years probation.

Jackson's name is also on a statewide database regarding neglect and abuse for the mentally challenged. Her attorney says her biggest punishment is on the rough road ahead. "Just finding another job, raising her children and trying to make ends meet," said the attorney.