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Louisburg woman charged with exploiting older adults

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BUTNER — A Louisburg woman is accused of taking advantage of older adults, spending their money and selling a car that did not belong to her, according to authorities.

Ellen Page Newton, 54, of Winn Drive, was charged with two counts of exploiting a disabled or elder person and 16 counts of obtaining property by false pretense.

She was arrested May 5 in Butner by Butner Public Safety, according to the Franklin County Sheriff's Department, which investigated and filed the charges.

Newton represented herself as having power of attorney over the victims without authorization, said Maj. Jarrett Umstead of the Criminal Investigations Division at the sheriff's office. She spent money from the victims' account and sold a car without authorization as well.

Newton was placed in the Granville County Detention Center under a $350,000 secured bond.