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Ex-retirement home worker gets 10 years at hard labor over theft of $390,537 from resident

SENTENCED: Stephanie Sanders Hays, 50, of Minden, 10 years at hard labor on one count each of exploitation and money laundering in excess of $100,000. (Source: Louisiana attorney general's office) SENTENCED: Stephanie Sanders Hays, 50, of Minden, 10 years at hard labor on one count each of exploitation and money laundering in excess of $100,000. (Source: Louisiana attorney general's office)
(KSLA) -

Serve 10 years at hard labor and repay nearly $400,000.

That's what a former social services director for an Arcadia retirement home must do for stealing nearly $400,000 from a resident of the facility, a judge decided Tuesday.

Stephanie Sanders Hays, 50, of Minden, was sentenced immediately after pleading guilty to one count each of exploitation and money laundering in excess of $100,000.

A civil judgment also was rendered against her for $390,537 in restitution, the Louisiana attorney general's office reports.

“Today, she was convicted for scamming and robbing those entrusted in her care,” Attorney General Jeff Landry says in a statement announcing the sentencing. 

“As I have often said, elderly fraud is an unlawful and immoral act that we will continue to investigate and prosecute. I am grateful for the work by my office to get justice for the victims, including a Holocaust survivor, and the state.”

Hays was arrested last year for reportedly draining a Leslie Lakes Retirement Center resident's bank account, IRAs and annuity plan and stealing proceeds from the sale of the resident's house.

All told, authorities said, about $391,000 was taken between September 2012 and February 2016.

Hays also was accused of shopping at Walmart for items requested by the resident and forging retirement center checks.

Some of the stolen money included Social Security, pension and German reparation payments.

Authorities arrested Hays almost a year ago on 19 counts of money laundering, 15 counts of theft of assets of an aged or disabled person and 17 counts each of forgery and exploitation of persons with infirmities.

She now is being held in Claiborne Parish Jail, a lockup in Homer that houses pretrial and sentenced females age 17 or older.

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