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13 Investigates: Woman avoids court using forged doctor's note, according to documents

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13 Investigates: Woman avoids court using forged doctor

PORTLAND (WGME) - A CBS 13 investigation is digging up new details about a woman charged with stealing from two elderly people she helped take care of. Last month's edition of our Fugitive Files helped lead to the arrest of 37-year-old Jean McQuinn. She was wanted on multiple theft and forgery charges.

For eight years Grace Babcock says she got in-home care services from McQuinn.

"She was very nice to me; she was so kind to me," Babcock said.

As the relationship grew, Babcock says so did McQuinn's access to her home, credit cards, and bank accounts.

"But I trusted her, and I never had a problem," Babcock said.

That is until October of 2012. According to Portland Police Department reports, when Babcock went to the bank to deposit money, a teller explained Babcock's account had been drained. Portland Police say two checks had been stolen, forged, deposited and withdrawn. McQuinn was charged with theft and forgery. Detectives told Babcock they had surveillance pictures of McQuinn at the ATM using her card.

"I looked at it, it was Jean, and I broke down. I can't believe it's her, and she'd been doing this. It broke my heart," Babcock told us.

McQuinn was ordered to court in early May of 2013 on charges in connection with the Babcock case, but her lawyer asked to move the hearing saying McQuinn was in a psychiatric hospital. The request was based on a handwritten letter to the lawyer, supposedly from a doctor, dated 4-27-13. It reads "Jean Marie McQuinn is under care of Spring Harbor. She won't be able to attend court. Also, no visitors."

The Cumberland County District Attorney's Office now calls the letter a fake, telling the court the doctor hasn't worked at Spring Harbor for at least two years.

While not in court or jail, McQuinn is also accused of stealing from another elderly woman last July. A grand jury indicted McQuinn in January on a charge of theft. McQuinn is accused of taking the victim's credit card for a $2,800 shopping spree at stores in southern Maine. The Cumberland County Sheriff's office got a warrant for McQuinn's arrest. Sheriff Kevin Joyce talked with us about the case for a recent edition of our Fugitive Files.

"This is an individual who preys on seniors, and we need to make sure pays for her crimes," Sheriff Joyce said.

Almost a year and a half after Portland Police first accused McQuinn of stealing from an elderly victim, Grace Babcock, McQuinn was finally in court late last week to hear all the charges against her. She pleaded not guilty.

McQuinn is out of jail on $5,000 bail. We went by her Portland home Monday, where she lives with her parents. She said she didn't want to talk with us and would have her lawyer call us. As of Monday night, we hadn't heard from her lawyer and calls to the lawyer's office weren't returned.

13 Investigates: Woman avoids court using forged doctor's note, according to documents
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