Jones County Resident Arrested for Exploitation of Vulnerable Person
A Jones County woman has been arrested and charged with the felonious exploitation of a vulnerable person, announced Attorney General Jim Hood today.
Lena Mae McGuire, age 51, of Ellisville, was arrested Friday by investigators of the Attorney General’s Office Public Integrity Division/Vulnerable Adults Unit with the assistance of Mississippi Department of Corrections Probation Office in Jones County and the Jasper County Sheriff’s Office. McGuire is charged with two counts exploitation of a vulnerable person following the indictment by the Jasper County Grand Jury.
The indictment alleges that Lena Mae McGuire “did willfully, feloniously, unlawfully, and knowingly exploit a vulnerable person” by taking funds, cashing checks, and making purchases from two different bank accounts totalingmore than $23,000.
McGuire was booked into the Jasper County jail and is awaiting arraignment. If convicted of the charges against her, she faces up to 20 years behind bars and $20,000 in fines. 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 Shannon Spence of the Attorney General’s Vulnerable Adults Unit and will be prosecuted by Special AssistantAttorney General Larry Baker.