Augusta caretaker pleads not guilty to stealing from elderly patient

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Friday, Dec. 12, 2014

RICHMOND COUNTY, Ga. (WRDW) - Patsy Sheppard has plead not guilty to exploitation of an elder.

Sheppard took a not guilty plea in court Friday morning. She was charged last week and accused of stealing over $22,000.

Investigators say when Sheppard was working at an Augusta nursing home she was able to withdraw and transfer more than $22,000 from a 96-year-old dementia patient's bank account.

Friday, Dec. 5, 2014

RICHMOND COUNTY, Ga. (WRDW) -- A Richmond County Grand Jury has indicted an Augusta caretaker for abusing an elderly person.

Patsy Sheppard has been indicted on three counts of exploitation of an elder person, and one count of an attempted exploitation of an elder person, Attorney General, Sam Olens said.

Sheppard is a former caretaker to a 96-year-old nursing home resident with a history of dementia. Over a three month period, Sheppard allegedly stole over $22,000 from the resident's bank accounts. Sheppard transferred money out of the resident's accounts into her own accounts, opened joint bank accounts giving her access to the resident's funds, made large in-person withdrawals, and used ATMs in various locations to withdraw the resident's funds, according to the indictment.

Authorities were discovered the tens of thousands of missing funds after Sheppard tried to access a different nursing home resident's bank accounts and an employee didn't recognize Sheppard, the report said.