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Portage podiatrist headed to trial on charges of theft

PORTAGE, Mich. (NEWSCHANNEL 3) - A Portage podiatrist is charged with taking money from a 91-year-old patient and will be going to trial.

Dr. Regina Spears-Everett is accused of using the credit cards and taking money from Toni Verdries who passed away in 2011.

Spears-Everett treated Verdries who was homebound and lived alone. According to court records Verdries had close to a million dollars in real estate, jewelry and savings.

Court records say in 2010, Spears-Everett helped Verdries to turn over power of attorney and also sign a new will leaving her all Verdries assets.

Just four days later the documents show Spears-Everett signed a petition to commit Verdries to a psychiatric hospital.

The court records say Spears-Everett maxed out Verdries credit cards for personal gain. And "during the one year in which Spears-Everett acted as power of attorney, she spent over $100,000 on personal and family items."

Since Verdries passed away in 2011 the attorney for her estate has challenged the new will and that fight continues in court.

But the spending is what led to Spears-Everett arrest, shes now charged with embezzlement and is scheduled to go to trial in February.