MOUNT CARMEL - A borough woman accused of stealing approximately $3,000 from an elderly woman in her care while she was employed at Family Home Medical was held for court on theft-related offenses Wednesday.

Patricia Ann Suszko, 58, of 29 S. Walnut St., was ordered by Magisterial District Judge Hugh Jones to appear for a pre-trial conference at 9:15 a.m. Friday, June 6, at Northumberland County Courthouse.

Suszko was held for court on charges of access device fraud, theft by unlawful taking, theft by deception and receiving stolen property.

She represented herself at the preliminary hearing because she was ineligible for a public defender and claimed she couldn't afford a private attorney. Assistant District Attorney William Cole prosecuted the case.

Suszko was charged by Cpl. David Donkochik with cashing checks she stole from the 97-year-old victim and withdrawing money from the woman's account through an automatic teller machine. Police said a total of $3,030.39 was stolen from the victim between Oct. 1 and Feb. 27.