Personal aide charged with defrauding disabled Halifax man
Posted June 26, 2011
Roanoke Rapids, N.C. — A Virginia woman faces accusations that she defrauded a disabled Roanoke Rapids man for whom she worked as a personal aide, according to the sheriff's department.
Detective J. Puhak said that a disabled man reported last October that someone had taken a cell phone out in his name and racked up a nearly $1,000 bill.
Investigators combed through phone records and developed Shemeka Teonna Scott, 28, as a suspect, Puhak said. Scott, who has addresses in the Garysburg and Emporia, Va., areas was extradited back to North Carolina Saturday.
She faces charges of felony exploitation of a disabled person, felony obtaining property by false pretense, misdemeanor larceny and misdemeanor possession of stolen goods.
She was given a $5,000 bond and scheduled to appear in court Wednesday.
Scott has 25 fraud-related convictions in North Carolina, including identity theft and 16 counts of passing worthless checks, according to state Department of Correction records. She served a year in jail between 2007 and 2008 for a probation violation.