>Guardian Accused of Exploitation

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The court trusted Cindy Laws to look after the lives of incapacitated and vulnerable people. Now she’s charged with exploiting one of them.

Laws is accused of felony “abuse, exploitation or neglect of a vulnerable adult” for allegedly stealing more than $6,000 from a 93-year-old woman with dementia.

Laws was a member of the Twin Falls County Board of Community Guardians, and court records show the court appointed her guardian of at least three incapacitated people. The court has since removed her as a guardian.

Twin Falls County commissioner George Urie, who serves on the board said that an “indirect effect” of the case against Laws filed this week in Twin Falls 5th District Court was that the county’s board stopped taking new clients.

Three people who were recently under Laws’ guardianship are unable to care for themselves and live on Social Security payments from the government.

The criminal case against Laws unfolded after an adult protection investigator with Area IV Office on Aging asked Laws to sign a “release of information” on Jan. 7. “The release was obtained in connection with an investigation of possible wrongdoing.”

The probe turned to Laws when investigators discovered the 93-year-old victim got billed for cell phone service that she is not receiving, along with other questionable charges.

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