Police: Newberry Twp. woman stole $680K from mom

Greg Gross

A Newberry Township woman who allegedly stole nearly $680,000 from her dead mother's estate was arraigned Wednesday on five counts of theft and a single count of forgery.

Cynthia L. Fisher, 60, of 800 York Road, Lot 286, allegedly stole the money from her dead mother's estate and didn't pay funeral costs and bills for her mother's stay at a Mechanicsburg-area nursing home.

The alleged thefts were discovered after family members failed to receive expected inheritances and contacted an estate attorney, who launched an investigation and contacted police in July.

Fisher is free on $25,000 unsecured bail.

She declined to comment after the arraignment.

Thefts: Newberry Township police allege Fisher spent the $679,570 between June 2014 and about July 2015, during which time she also allegedly forged her sister's signature on two checks that totaled $32,165.

Fisher was named her mother's, Gloria Drawbaugh's, power of attorney in March 2014. Drawbaugh had been living in the nursing home for nearly a year at that point, according to Fisher's charging documents.

Drawbaugh, died age 79 on June 30, 2014, according to Drawbaugh's obituary.

Two weeks after Drawbaugh's death, Fisher opened an estate bank account under her mother's name and then withdrew nearly $150,000 that was deposited into a separate account. Fisher also had access to another account which had $45,231 in it prior to her mother's death and drew the balance to zero, documents state.

In June, a judge ordered Fisher to surrender her role of executrix of Drawbaugh's estate.

In an interview with police earlier this month, Fisher admitted to spending the money on "non-essential items," failing to pay her mother's debts and forging her sister's signature on checks, documents state.

The nursing home where Drawbaugh was living is owed $134,125 and the funeral home that provided services is owed $11,395, according to the documents.​

Fisher's next scheduled court appearance is for a preliminary hearing before District Judge Scott Gross at 1:45 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 25, according to court records.

— Reach Greg Gross at ggross@yorkdispatch.com.