A Shreveport woman was arrested and charged with exploitation of persons with infirmities and felony identity theft after an investigation by Caddo Parish deputies. 37-year-old Dorothy Edwards was a caregiver for a disabled 65-year-old-woman and is accused of stealing more than 20,000 dollars. Spokesperson Cindy Chadwick says it was a long con.
“She worked for her for about a year and over that time she as able to gain access to personal information of hers that allowed her to open accounts.”
Edwards is accused of using the victim’s personal bank accounts and credit cards to pay her bills. Chadwick says she was also able to steal the victim’s sister’s identity.
“She also was able to get her hands on a check that belonged to the victim’s sister, forge the check, and open a fraudulent bank account with that.”
Chadwick says this is the second case in the last week involving identity theft of an elderly disabled person. She wants to remind listeners to always protect their personal documents.
“We just want to make sure to remind people that if you have outsiders come into your home that you have your personal information secured.”
Edwards is being held at the Caddo Correctional Center on a 150,000 dollar bond.