Thursday, April 9, 2020

Couple Sought in Elder Exploitation Case

Arrest warrants were issued March 31 against a pair of Sallisaw residents accused of exploiting of an elderly person.

Records show that Chadrick Belmont Miller Jr., 32, and Amanda Jean Smith, 31, each face up to 15 years in prison, a fine of up to $10,000 or both on the felony charge.

On Feb. 28 a Sallisaw police officer was dispatched to a Sallisaw residence where he made contact with the victim and her granddaughter in reference to check fraud.

The granddaughter said she had just taken over helping her 85-year-old grandmother with her finances. She said that on Feb. 26, the grandmother's home health-care provider had informed her that the grandmother's rent check had bounced.

The granddaughter contacted the woman’s bank, which told her they had been keeping an eye on the account for fraudulent activity for some time. The banks told her that there had been multiple ATM transactions and check transactions that depleted the elderly woman’s account and causing it to have a negative balance.

The granddaughter told police that Miller and Amanda Smith were responsible and that she had found her grandmother’s bank statements and other documents in the room the two were recently staying in. The granddaughter further stated that her grandmother is non-ambulatory and unable to leave the home, so she allowed her other granddaughter, Amanda Smith, and her boyfriend, Miller, to assist her with her finances.

Video footage, bank records and other information revealed that Miller and Amanda Smith made several unauthorized transactions at local stores.

Bond for Miller and Amanda Smith was set at $5,000 each.

Laura Brown, KXMX Staff Writer

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