Hays pleads guilty to stealing $400k from retirement home

A Minden woman has been sentenced to 10 years at hard labor for stealing nearly $400,000 from residents of an Arcadia retirement home.

Stephanie Hays, who was accused of stealing from residents of the Leslie Lakes Retirement Center, pled guilty Tuesday to money laundering and exploitation.

Hays was accused of abusing her power of attorney authority over the affairs of a resident – draining a bank account, IRAs, annuity plan, and proceeds from the sale of the resident’s home. She also allegedly shopped for items requested by the residents at local


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