Caretaker charged with theft after thousands go missing
Carolyn Williams (Source: BCSO)
STATESBORO, GA (WTOC) -
A Sylvania woman is charged with theft after thousands of dollars goes missing from a 100-year-old woman for whom she was caring.
Investigators with the Bulloch County Sheriff's Office were notified about exploitation allegations of a senior citizen in Statesboro by her home health provider.
The woman had employed Carolyn Williams, 44, for about a year to help her with household tasks, according to the sheriff's office. The victim's family began noticing her bank account drop sharply by several thousand dollars in a month.
Investigators reviewed the victim's financial records and discovered that paychecks written to Williams in amounts far above what she should be receiving for her services, according to BCSO.
Because the victim's vision is poor and she had been trusting Williams to fill out the checks for her.
Investigators say Williams had been filling in higher check amounts. Financial records indicate that the victim lost at least $10,000, according to the sheriff's office.
An arrest warrant was issued for Williams. She is charged with theft by deception (felony) and exploitation of an elderly person (felony).
Williams surrendered herself and was assigned a $15,000 bond, according to BCSO.
Anyone with information on this case should contact Inv. J. Akins at 912.764.1789 or submit an anonymous tip to firstname.lastname@example.org.