COOPERSTOWN — Stephanie Shulgay pleaded not guilty to grand larceny in the third degree Monday in Otsego County Court.
Shulgay, 31, of Worcester, is charged with a class D felony, a statute that indicates the theft of more than $3,000. She was working as a home health care aide for an elderly neighbor couple, Joseph and Dorothy Marsh, when she allegedly stole money from them.
Joseph Marsh died in January at 91. Dorothy Marsh died in April 2018 at 82. The couple’s daughter, Cheryl Marsh, alleges Shulgay stole more than $30,000 from them though use of the couple’s credit cards, access to their bank accounts and the halting of a mortgage payment.
The charges against Shulgay cover the period from July 2017 to October 2018. Shulgay was arrested in late 2018.
Cheryl Marsh said her father got a foreclosure notice on his house, which is next to Shulgay’s boyfriend’s house on Brighton Road in Worcester.
Shulgay had been certified to help the couple through Maxim Healthcare Services.
Shulgay appeared in court Monday with her attorney, Matthew Swedick of Voorheesville. Swedick told the court his client had turned herself in on her warrant, and does not present a flight risk.
Otsego County District Attorney John Muehl said he does not consider Shulgay a flight risk, and therefore agreed to have her released on her own recognizance. He said he would not request bail.
Otsego County Judge John Lambert allowed Shulgay to remain free without bail, and set a pre-trial conference for 9 a.m. Monday, July 8 in Cooperstown.
Muehl said he and Swedick had discussed a plea deal, but that no agreement had been made.