Laurel Woman Sentenced to 20 Years for Exploiting Vulnerable Person

June 2, 2017

Today, Attorney General Jim Hood announced the conviction of a woman who financially exploited a vulnerable person in the amount of more than $100,000.

Lisa Byrd Mozingo, 54, of Laurel, pled guilty last week to three counts of exploitation of a vulnerable person in Jones County. While employed as a caregiver for the victim, Mozingo transferred money belonging to the victim to her own account, and, by power of attorney, bought cars and made substantial withdrawals and transfers from the victim’s accounts. She converted more than $100,000 in money, silver coins, and other purchases during the nearly two years of her employment as the victim’s caregiver.

Jones County Circuit Court Judge Dal Williamson sentenced Mozingo to 20 years in the Mississippi Department of Corrections, with 10 to serve, 10 suspended, and five post release supervision. She was also ordered to pay restitution of $100,000 and complete mandatory community service upon release.

“I thank Judge Williamson for sentencing this woman to jail and ordering nearly full restitution,” said General Hood. “Not only is what she did against the law, but it is morally wrong to take advantage of someone for whom you have been entrusted to care.”

This case was investigated by Investigator Jamie Patrick and prosecuted by Special Assistant Attorney General Marvin Sanders.

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