By Patti Weaver
(Stillwater, Okla.) — A 36-year-old Stillwater woman has been placed on probation with extensive conditions for exploiting an elderly blind woman with whom she lived — by illegally obtaining her cell phone, bank card, and Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program card.
Stephanie Michelle Wisler, who had been free on $5,000 cash bond, was ordered last week to serve 30 days in the Payne County Jail, pay $2,700 restitution along with $1,310 in assessments in addition to court costs and incarceration fees, have a substance abuse evaluation, and perform any recommended follow-up treatment.
Wisler, who pleaded guilty to the felony charge, was ordered to not work with any elderly or vulnerable adults as a condition of her five-year deferred sentence by Associate District Judge Stephen Kistler on June 21.
Stillwater Police Detective Richard Leport wrote in an affidavit that on March 9, 2021, another police officer received information from Adult Protective Services of the Oklahoma Department of Human Services that the victim had been exploited by Wisler, her caregiver.
Wisler had moved into the victim’s apartment to provide basic care for the blind woman including cooking, cleaning and paying bills, the affidavit said.
“Stephanie Wisler was to provide these services in exchange for her room and board,” with the victim, who was notified on Feb. 3, 2021, she was being evicted from her apartment for failing to pay the rent, the affidavit said.
“On Feb. 8, 2021, Stephanie Wisler left the apartment and took (the victim’s) cell phone, bank card, and an Oklahoma Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) card,” the affidavit said.
“On March 3, 2021, Stephanie Wisler returned to the apartment. (The victim) asked Stephanie Wisler to return her phone, bank card and SNAP card. Stephanie Wisler explained she left them in a friend’s car. Stephanie Wisler left the apartment,” the affidavit said.
Two days later, DHS Adult Protective Services discovered that the victim was locked out of her apartment, and so moved her to a nursing home, the affidavit said.
A week later on March 12, 2021, when Payne County Sheriff’s Deputy David Sloan arrested Wisler for having heroin as a passenger in a Cadillac during a traffic stop, she was found in possession of two debit cards in the victim’s name, the affidavit said.
Two months after that, Wisler pleaded guilty to possessing heroin and syringes on March 12, 2021, and to possessing heroin, methamphetamine and marijuana on June 26, 2020, along with used syringes; she was ordered to serve a total of 60 days in jail along with paying $2,977 in court costs, records show.
In the exploitation case, the police detective obtained surveillance videos from a grocery store regarding Wisler’s fraudulent transactions with an image on a cell phone of the victim’s SNAP card for $9.94 at 8:37 pm on March 7, 2021, and for $33.96 eight minutes later, the affidavit said.
The detective also obtained surveillance videos from a convenience store regarding Wisler’s fraudulent transactions with the victim’s SNAP card for $14.63 at 5:13 am on March 10, 2021, and for $5.17 at 9:19 pm on March 16, 2021, the affidavit said.
Because Wisler was given a deferred sentence last week, she will not have a criminal record of exploitation of an elderly person if she successfully completes the requirements of her five-year probationary term.