Kathryn “Katie” Davis, president of the Sierra Senior Center in Oakhurst, was arraigned in Madera County Superior Court Monday on a felony charge of financial elder abuse.
Davis, 54, was arrested June 23 for allegedly swindling as much as $50,000 from Bill Youngs, 90, who volunteered at the center.
Youngs was recently diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease, and suffers from short-term memory loss. His son-in-law Chuck Nugent said security footage shows Youngs was present with Davis at a Bank of America branch in Madera where the money was transferred, but Youngs doesn’t remember being there, or the amount he signed over.
Since the arrest, Davis has continued with her volunteer position at the center, and refused to comment. Her private attorney Paul Carpio of Fresno did not return multiple calls by press time Tuesday. John Baker leads prosecution for the district attorney’s office.
Numerous letters of support have been written for Davis by seniors who visit the center on a regular basis, and many have praised her tireless efforts to improve the facility.
Davis will return to court Aug. 10 for a setting of her preliminary hearing.
The Sierra Senior Center has been serving residents of the Mountain Area since its grand opening in August, 1987. Instrumental in establishing the center were Bea Alexander-Tyler and Jewel Scott.
A number of programs are offered by the center including bingo games six times a month, and weekly pinochle, bunco games and bridge lessons.
In addition to special events, the center, located at 49111 Cinder Lane behind the Oakhurst Community Center, is also used by other organizations for meetings.