Woman Headed to Prison for 5 Years After Forging Checks
Ludie Mae Hicks will spend five years in prison for forging checks using the account number of a Greenville nursing home, announced Attorney General Jim Hood.
Hicks, 43, of Hollandale, was sentenced last week by Washington County Circuit Court Judge W. Ashley Hines. She pleaded guilty to one count of uttering forgery, and in addition to the prison time, she was ordered to pay $1,425 in fines and fees.
Hicks used the checks she forged to spend more than $1,000 at the Greenville Walmart. Though the checks were fraudulent, the account number listed was affiliated with the Mississippi Care Center of Greenville, which caused the money to be taken from the center’s bank account. She was arrested in June by investigators with the Attorney General’s Consumer Protection Division and Medicaid Fraud Control Unit.
“Our nursing homes are responsible for the well-being of our most vulnerable citizens. Stealing from a care center is tantamount to stealing from a patient,” said General Hood. “We appreciate Judge Hines’ sentence, and hopefully it will deter others from taking advantage or stealing from the care of our elders.”
This case was investigated by Miller Faulk and prosecuted by Special Assistant Attorney General Patrick Beasley with the AG’s Consumer Protection Division.