Copiah County Man to Serve 4 Years for Stealing Sick Father’s Money
Jimmy Lee Edwards, Jr. was sentenced Monday to four years in prison after pleading guilty to stealing $19,070.74 from his father while he was in hospice care, announced Attorney General Jim Hood.
Edwards, 54, of Crystal Springs, was sentenced by Copiah County Circuit Court Judge Lamar Pickard on one count of exploitation of a vulnerable person. Judge Pickard sentenced Edwards to 10 years in the custody of the Mississippi Department of Corrections with six years suspended and four years to serve. He was placed on three years of supervised probation upon his release, ordered to pay a fine of $2,000 to Copiah County, $500 to the state’s Crime Victim Compensation Fund, and all court costs. Edwards was also ordered to enter an agreed judgement in the amount of $19,070.74, which orders him to repay the victim upon release from prison. The indictment states that Edwards stole the money between December 2015 and April 2017, which came from his father’s personal checking account and included social security benefits.
“Unfortunately, these types of cases are common, and they are often difficult to prove due to the victim’s medical state and because family members may eventually have a right to the funds,” said General Hood. “It’s important for families to make sure they are taking proper measures before drawing money from a loved one’s account, such as having in writing who has access and by keeping a check on the bank account activity to prevent fraud by another family member or a caregiver.”
This case was investigated by Jamie Patrick and prosecuted by Special Assistant Attorney General Steven Waldrup, both with the AG’s Public Integrity Division.