Cleveland Caregiver Charged with Exploitation

April 9, 2014

A Cleveland caregiver is facing charges today that she exploited the couple she was hired to take care of, announced Attorney General Jim Hood today.

Lisa Boyd Smith, 44, of Boyle, turned herself in to the Bolivar County Sheriff’s Office Friday (April 4) following indictment by a Bolivar County Grand Jury on two counts of exploitation of a vulnerable person.

Smith is accused of taking $7,987.59 from the accounts of a Cleveland couple for whom she was hired to be a caretaker. Smith is alleged to have used the couple’s bank cards to make purchases and get cash for her own purposes, while employed by the couple.

If convicted, Smith faces up to 10 years behind bars on each count. As with all cases, the defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.

The case is being investigated by Russell Frazier and will be prosecuted by Special Assistant Attorney General Marvin L. Sanders of the Attorney General’s Public Integrity Division/Vulnerable Adults Unit.

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