Daughter found stranger living in her dead mother’s Centralia home

Monday, June 26, 2017 at 8:15 am

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – A 34-year-old Winlock woman has pleaded not guilty to theft charges in a case in which she allegedly took over bank accounts of woman who was hospitalized and then died.

Aurora S. Fulmer claimed she had been the dead woman’s caregiver and that the woman told her she could have her money and her Centralia house, according to court documents.

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Aurora S. Fulmer

The woman, whose name is not revealed in the documents, passed away on Jan. 11 and resided at a home on the 100 block of Fircrest Road in Centralia.

The Lewis County Sheriff’s Office began investigating on Feb. 8 and arrested Fulmer on June 13, suggesting Fulmer wrongfully withdrew more than $43,000 from two of the woman’s accounts.

When she went before a judge the following day, she was allowed release pending trial on a $10,000 unsecured bond.

Lewis County Deputy Prosecutor Jeffrey Schapp said Fulmer had one prior felony conviction, for a violation of the Uniform Controlled Substances Act. Temporary defense attorney Kevin Nelson said Fulmer had spent a fair amount of time in drug court, “but it did not work out.”

Fulmer is charged with one count of second-degree theft (less than $5,000) and three counts of second-degree identity theft.

The case came to light after Deanna Adams, a 36-year-old Shelton resident, contacted the sheriff’s office to report a theft, according to authorities.

Adams said she and her mother had been estranged for eight years and she learned from the coroner’s office on Jan. 24 her mother had died.

Charging documents go on to give the following account:

Adams collected items of her mother’s from the coroner’s office including a house key and went to the home where she found Fulmer.

Fulmer told she’d been the mother’s caregiver for a year and lived in the home for six months and showed Adams a power of attorney. The document originally had the mother’s partner listed as the agent, but it was crossed or whited out and replaced with Fulmer’s name.

Fulmer subsequently said she had the dead woman’s will and had been in contact with the dead woman’s attorney “the entire time.”

Adams became suspicious, going through her mother’s checkbook and finding several checks written out to Fulmer, but not in her mother’s handwriting. After she was appointed court administrator for her mother’s estate, she reviewed documents from the Bank of America which showed more than 100 transactions between Jan. 9 and Jan. 23.

A sheriff’s detective discovered more than $17,000 moved from the dead woman’s social security bank account during roughly the same period, and connected one ATM withdrawal to Fulmer via video.

Detective Gene Seiber also collected documents linking Fulmer and the Bank of America account including an $84 piercing in Longview on Jan. 13, a $238 jewelry store purchase three days later and a K-Mart/Western Union money transfer of $540.

Seiber spoke with Adam’s mother’s “actual caregiver” who said no one other than the deceased woman was staying at the house prior to her last day of work in mid-October. Fulmer first showed up at the house the same month, her boyfriend had been hired to do yard work, Seiber learned.

Seiber spoke with a neighbor on Fircrest Road who said only the deceased woman had been living at the house until she went into the hospital, but then he saw traffic increase and could tell someone moved in.

Detective Seiber also learned that on March 23, Fulmer showed up at Adam’s mother’s attorney’s office without an appointment, and left behind a copy of the last will and testament.

The attorney had originally prepared the will in 2011, but in the copy she left, Fulmer’s name had been handwritten on the documents, leaving all personal property and money to Fulmer. It was initialed with Adam’s mother’s initials, but not certified.

The attorney told Seiber he had no personal contact with Fulmer before March 23.

Fulmer moved out of the house the next day and Adams took possession of it the next day.

Fulmer, who also uses the last name of Contreras, pleaded not guilty to all charges on Thursday in Lewis County Superior Court. Her trial was scheduled for the week of Sept. 4
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For background, read “Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup – THOUSANDS OF DOLLARS STOLEN FROM HOSPITALIZED” from Wednesday June 14, 2017, here

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4 Responses to “Daughter found stranger living in her dead mother’s Centralia home”

  1. Whats your major malfunction Pyle says:

    NO SOUL. SORRY

  2. Whats your major malfunction Pyle says:

    WHAT A TERRIBLE PERSON!!!!! HAVE YOU KNOW SOUL?

  3. Sunshinegirl says:

    You know this woman is in the wind as we speak.

  4. BobbyinLC says:

    Stealing from the dead is one of the lowest things people can do.

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