Donna Hammerstone ducked into court under her bright pink umbrella Friday morning. She walked out branded by Bucks County prosecutors as a woman who abused, deceived and stole from an elderly man.
Hammerstone is charged with stealing 22-thousand dollars by befriending and then abusing the trust of the 71-year old man. She met him last year while visiting friends at a Willow Grove apartment complex, according to investigators.
The man's family tipped off investigators who say Hammerstone used the money on lingerie, laptops, jewelry, music lessons, clothing, home repairs and even caught up on some back taxes.
"It's a classic example of what can happen during these though economic times," said Assistant District Attorney David Zellis.
Hammerstone turned herself in on Friday. She's free on 40-thousand dollars bond and faces up to 15 years in prison if convicted.