|September 10, 2013
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TALLAHASSEE, Fla.—Attorney General Pam Bondi today announced that a Suwannee County woman is in custody after being charged with one count of exploitation of an elderly person. Christin Dawn Henderson, of Live Oak, was arrested on a felony warrant by the Attorney General’s Medicaid Fraud Control Unit. According to an investigation, Henderson, 31, stole money from a man over whom she had the power of attorney. This alleged theft resulted in the elderly adult becoming indebted to the health care facility that is providing him with full-time care, and it deprived him of his personal needs allowance of nearly $20,000.
Henderson is charged with one count of Exploitation of an Elderly Person or Disabled Adult, a third degree felony. If convicted, she faces up to five years in prison and a $5,000 fine. The case will be prosecuted by the State Attorney’s Office for the Third Judicial Circuit of Florida.
Investigators with the Medicaid Fraud Control Unit received information regarding the alleged abuse from the Florida Department of Children and Families’ Adult Protective Services Program. The Lafayette County Sheriff’s Office assisted in the arrest.