A York-area woman accused of stealing about $80,000 from her brother-in-law has been charged with federal wire fraud.

In February 2007, Nancy Sipe, 47, no street address provided, was granted power of attorney for her brother-in-law, Marlin Sipe of Missouri. The power of attorney authorized her to pay his bills and other expenses, according to Sipe's federal indictment.

She was also told to keep Marlin Sipe's credit card accounts active by periodically buying lunch at a local fast-food restaurant, the indictment states.

Between August 2008 and February 2012, Nancy Sipe used her power of attorney to access Marlin Sipe's bank and retirement accounts and other funds, then stole about $80,000 from them, the indictment alleges.

In carrying out the scheme, she used wire communications, thus the charge of wire fraud, according to the indictment.

Sipe used the money for her own personal gain, including to pay for vacations, according to Amanda Endy, spokeswoman for the U.S. Attorney's Office.

She was indicted on Wednesday and hr arraignment is scheduled for Feb. 11 in Harrisburg's federal court, records state.

Attorney Shane Kope, who represents Nancy Sipe, said she maintains her innocence.

"It's a complicated situation, and there are a lot of misunderstandings," Kope said. "In the end, I think (it will be determined) all the money she used was authorized by her brother-in-law."



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