Bond set for Villa Park man charged with exploitation

VILLA PARK — A Villa Park caretaker is being held on bond of $150,000 after allegedly stealing more than $45,000 from an elderly woman in Westmont.

William Sullivan, 59, of 510 N. Ardmore Ave., turned himself in on an arrest warrant on April 17 and was charged with one count of financial exploitation of a person over 80, a Class 1 felony, and one count of theft over $10,000, a Class 2 felony.

Prosecutors said Sullivan began working as a caregiver for the 89-year-old woman in 2006. In this position, he had access to her checking and saving accounts.

From June 2011 to October 2012, Sullivan allegedly wrote himself unauthorized checks from the woman’s checking account and withdrew money from her savings account for personal use without permission.

The woman’s nephew had power of attorney over her accounts and discovered the alleged discrepancies, police said.