Johnson County woman accused of robbing her mother’s estate of small fortune

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OVERLAND PARK, Kan. -- A Johnson County woman is accused of bilking her own mother out of a small fortune.

Police say 63-year-old Christine Raya abused her power of attorney and stole over $100,000 beginning in January, 2013.

Police say Raya's mother, Janet Bersbach, who's in her 90s and lives at a nursing home, had no idea her daughter was stealing her blind and out living it up on her dime.

Raya was arrested after a yearlong investigation by Overland Park police.

Police say about a year ago, a trustee of Bersbach’s estate noticed there was a large amount of money unaccounted for and asked Raya, to provide receipts for her mother's missing money. Raya either wouldn't, or couldn't come up with anything, so the trustee called the police.

Ballroom dancing lessons, clothes and personal bills are just some of the ways investigators say she spent her mother's money.

Employees with Teah Ballroom Dance Club say Raya began taking dance lessons there in January 2013, and was a student until January 2015.

One employee, who wanted to remain anonymous says Raya loved to dance and was a long term client of the club, even competing in out-of-state dance competitions.

Raya is out of jail after posting a $10,000 bond. FOX 4 Reporter Shannon O’Brien went by Raya’s Overland Park home to give Raya a chance to tell her side of the story, but she was not home.




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