Lee County Woman Arrested for Felony Exploitation of a Vulnerable Person
Attorney General Jim Hood announced today that a Lee County woman has been arrested for felony exploitation of a vulnerable person.
Katrina Shannon, 37, of Shannon, turned herself into the Prentiss County Sheriff’s Office on Monday following an indictment by a Prentiss County grand jury for one count of felony exploitation. Shannon was booked into the Prentiss County jail with a bond set at $10,000, and her arraignment date is set for March 21.
The indictment alleges that beginning Feb. 1, 2016, through January 31, 2017, Shannon was illegally withdrawing money from the victim’s bank account without the victim’s consent. Shannon is accused of withdrawing more than $250 of the victim’s social security income and converting the money to her own use while the victim was a patient at a care facility.
If convicted, Shannon faces up to 10 years in prison and a maximum of $10,000 in fines. As with all cases, a charge is merely an accusation, and a defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.
This case is being investigated by Joe C. Sanderson and prosecution will be handled by the Attorney General’s Medicaid Fraud Control Unit.