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Fraud/Elderly Abuse Investigation

Towns County mapThe following press release has been issued by Towns County Sheriff’s Office.

An investigation into multiple cases of fraud and possible elderly abuse has been completed and is ready to be turned over to the Enotah Circuit District Attorney after Towns County Sheriff’s Office Investigators followed up on a case first brought to the attention of authorities by the alleged perpetrator.

The suspect reported to Towns County Sheriff Chris Clinton that one of the suspect’s relatives had been taking money from his account. The amounts totaled in the tens of thousands of dollars.

Sheriff Clinton called in Command Staff and Investigators to follow up on the allegations. It became apparent during the investigation that the alleged ‘victim’ may be involved in fraudulent activities with the original owner of the funds.

Detective Lt. Mark Cecci became the lead investigator in the case, and uncovered apparent mis-use of Power of Attorney. The true victim was living with or near the suspect at the time of the alleged crimes.

Detectives uncovered fraud and theft amounting to approximately $1,400,000, which included cars, a boat, an off-road vehicle, a tractor, and other items, a house, and money totaling over $1,000,000 in cash. Towns County investigators $770,000 in cash initially, and the items bought with the funds. The United States Secret Service recovered approximately $238,000 in cash at the request of Towns County Investigators.

Almost all of the crimes were committed in an adjacent county, but Towns County took the lead due to the fact that both the victim and the suspect reside in Towns County.

A relative of the victim has taken control of recovered items and funds through an attorney.

Due to the fact that there will be multiple charges in various counties, the evidence will be turned over to the District Attorney’s Office for review and potential prosecution. More information will be released as the case unfolds.

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