By Jim Hagerty
ROCKFORD — A woman who police say financially abused an elderly man over three years has been arrested.
Anita Rolanda White, 47, of Rockford, was arrested Wednesday near Rockford Memorial Hospital. She is charged with financial exploitation of an elderly person, age 70 or older, a Class 1 felony; and financial exploitation of an elderly or disabled person, a Class 2 felony.
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Authorities allege that between 2014 and 2017, White bilked the now 77-year-old victim out of tens of thousands of dollars. His son, Doug Hillenburg, told the Times in earlier reports that his father, who has dementia, was dating White and later married her. The marriage lasted approximately three months and was annulled by a Winnebago County Judge in May.
Hillenburg said he intervened when he learned his father was often without his medication and other basic needs. He also took over his finances and found title loans, a new vehicle purchase, credit card accounts, even a real estate loan application that did not appear to be his father’s doing. He then called police.
In Illinois, charges of financial exploitation of the elderly and those with disabilities vary depending on the age of the victim and amounts taken. If the property value is $5,000 or more, but less than $50,000, offenders can be charged with a Class 2 felony. It is a Class 1 felony if property is worth $50,000 or more and the victim is at least 70.
White’s first court appearance is at 1:30 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 21. Initial bond has been set at $10,000. Court records show that when charges were filed Dec. 11, White was charged two Class 4 felonies. Charges have since been amended. White is considered innocent until proven guilty. R.