Mother and Son Charged with Stealing from Elderly Relative

A Shelton mother and her son are accused of stealing over $200,000 while acting as power of attorney for an elderly relative.

Kristina Ukanowicz, 62, and Joseph Ukanowicz, 29, both face charges of first-degree larceny and conspiracy to commit larceny.

According to Ansonia police, Kristina was the power of attorney over her mother finances over a three-year period. During that time, the victim’s accounts went from holding a $200,000 balance to a negative balance over $1,000.

Investigators said that the pattern of spending and withdrawals from the accounts changed drastically from when the victim managed her own accounts to when Kristina was power of attorney.

The victim was in her eighties at the time.

Police said Joseph was also involved in the theft. According to police, when interviewed both Kristina and Josepha admitted to stealing the money but each blamed the other for the crime.

Joseph appeared in court on June 19 and is currently being held on a $50,000 bond.

Kristina was held on a $35,000 and appeared in court Tuesday.

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