FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Jackson, MS - An Itta Bena woman has been indicted on charges of exploitation of a vulnerable person announced Attorney General Jim Hood today.
Patricia Hill, 41, turned herself in to the Leflore County Sheriff’s office on Friday evening, October 5, following indictment by the Leflore County Grand Jury on one count of exploitation of a vulnerable person. The charges stemmed from alleged illegal or improper use of the victim’s assets for Hill’s own profit or advantage. The indictment alleges that Hill opened two American Express accounts in the victim’s name and her own. Hill is accused of using the American Express accounts to make numerous unauthorized monetary transactions from three separate bank accounts belonging to the victim. The total amount of the fraudulent activity is $14,044, according to the indictment.
Hill was booked into the Leflore County jail and was released on a $25,000 bond. If convicted, she faces up to 10 years behind bars. She is scheduled for arraignment on October 22 at 9:00 a.m. in Circuit Court.
The case is being investigated by Russell Frazier of the Attorney General’s Vulnerable Adult Unit. The case will be prosecuted by Special Assistant Attorney General I. Mikell Buckley.
As with all cases, the defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.