New HampshireDepartment of JusticeOffice of the Attorney General

News Release

For Immediate Release
August 6, 2018

Brandon H. Garod, Assistant Attorney General
Elder Abuse and Exploitation Unit
(603) 271-1217

Elizabeth Whitehead Sentenced for Stealing from Elderly Mother-in-Law

Attorney General Gordon J. MacDonald announces that Elizabeth Whitehead, age 53, of East Derry, was sentenced on August 6, 2018 in Hillsborough Superior Court, Northern District, to 1 class-A felony count of Theft by Unauthorized Taking. After pleading guilty on May 15, 2018, the Court sentenced Whitehead to 1½-3 years at the New Hampshire State Prison, stand committed, with 6 months of the minimum portion of the sentence suspended for 5 years from the date of Whitehead’s release from State Prison, conditioned upon her good behavior and her repayment of restitution to the victim.

An investigation conducted by the Manchester Police Department revealed that between April, 2014 and February, 2015, Elizabeth Whitehead forged bank withdrawal slips in order to withdraw money from her 87-year old mother-in-law's bank account. The investigation showed that Whitehead forged 29 withdrawal slips and withdrew $44,000.00 of the victim’s money. At the sentencing hearing, Whitehead disputed the amount of money she had taken. The Court will schedule a hearing in the near future to determine the total amount of restitution owed to the victim.

Attorneys and Victim/Witness Advocates in the Attorney General's Elder Abuse and Financial Exploitation Unit work with local law enforcement agencies to investigate and prosecute crimes involving elder abuse and financial exploitation. If you or someone you know has been the victim of elder abuse or financial exploitation, please contact your local police department or the Department of Health and Human Services, Bureau of Elderly and Adult Services at 1-800-949-0470.

New Hampshire Department of Justice
1 Granite Place South | Concord, NH | 03301
Telephone: 603-271-3658