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Lincoln Attorney Accused of Stealing Money From Vulnerable Adult

Christine Vanderford (Courtesy of Lincoln Police)

LINCOLN–(KFOR Oct. 31)–A Lincoln attorney is in jail, after she turned herself in for misusing money set up to take care of a developmentally disabled woman she had been caring for over the past five years.

Lincoln Police Officer Angela Sands says 47-year-old Christine Vanderford turned herself in Thursday morning and was arrested for exploitation of a vulnerable adult and felony theft by deception.

“Between May 2015 and February 2018, Vanderford had taken over $60,000 in funds from the victim’s accounts,” Sands told reporters at Thursday’s police media briefing on what investigators had found.

In April of 2018, the Nebraska DHHS reported an alleged financial exploitation of a vulnerable abuse to LPD.

In 2014,  Vanderford became the court appointed guardian for the 33-year-old woman.  Investigators served a search warrant at Vanderford’s law office, processed electronic and financial evidence.

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