FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Jackson, MS—A resident of a personal care home in Lee County has been arrested for stealing and using the credit card of another resident, confirmed Attorney General Jim Hood today.
Jerry Taylor,age 47, was taken into custody yesterday by investigators from the Medicaid Fraud Control Unit of the Attorney General’s Office following indictment by a Lee County grand jury on one count of procuring money, goods, or services with intent to defraud. At the time the crime was alleged to have happened Taylor was a resident of Rosewood Personal Care Home in Belden, MS. The victim was also a resident of Rosewood.
The indictment alleges that Taylor “from on or about March 25, 2010, through on or about May 10, 2010, in Lee County, Mississippi, and within the jurisdiction of this Court, did willfully, unlawfully and feloniously with intent to defraud, take and use without authorization a credit card issued to cardholder (victim) , a vulnerable adult as defined by ? 43-47-5(n) in that (victim) was a resident of Rosewood Personal Care Home; to wit: Jerry Taylor, the Defendant, also a resident of Rosewood Personal Care Home, took and used without authorization (victim’s) Chase credit card to make purchases totaling $3,207.61 in gas, gift cards, food and other goods and services from Wal-Mart located in Tupelo, Mississippi; Kroger in Tupelo, Mississippi; Shell Oil in Belden, Mississippi; Freds in Tupelo, Mississippi; and Dollar General in Saltillo, Mississippi, this action being contrary to and in violation of Section 97-19-21(1)(b)(iii), Miss. Code Ann. (1972, as amended)and against the peace and dignity of the State of Mississippi.”
Taylor was booked into the Lee County Jail and bond set at $5,000. If found guilty, he faces a fine of $1,000 and up to three years in prison.
As with all cases, the defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.