FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Jackson, MS-A Hinds County resident has been arrested for forging the signature of an elderly woman she once ?sat? for, announced Attorney General Jim Hood today.
Helen Childress, age 56, of 753 Glencross Drive, Jackson, MS, was arrested this morning by investigators with the Medicaid Fraud Unit of the Attorney General?s Office pursuant to an indictment by a Rankin County grand jury on one count of felony forgery. The Hinds County Sheriff?s Department assisted with the arrest. She is accused of using the rubber signature stamp of an elderly woman to affix her signature to a check stolen from the individual. Childress, who at one time provided sitter service to the victim, is alleged to have written a check in the amount of $360 and made it payable to herself
If found guilty, Childress faces 10 years in the custody of the Mississippi Department of Corrections and a $10,000 fine.
The case was investigated and will be prosecuted by the Medicaid Fraud Unit of the Attorney General?s Office.
As with all cases, the charge is merely an accusation and the defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty.