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Personal aide charged with defrauding disabled Halifax man

Posted June 26, 2011

— 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.


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  • Raleighlocal Jun 27, 2011

    WhitePony---no one should get death for stealing. This is America, after all.

  • Rebelyell55 Jun 27, 2011

    She most likely has been order not to work at this position by the court. But it may of only applied in Va. Unfortunately she'll be out and doing it again somewhere.

  • pja1357 Jun 27, 2011

    Unfortunately this happens a lot. She obviously has done enough damage in VA so she decided to come to NC to continue her act. This person should not be let back out on the streets because she will turn around and do the same thing over and over until the justice system puts a stop to it. SHAME ON HER!!

  • Whosays Jun 27, 2011

    I say the first time someone does something illegal, give them one chance, they do something again jail! No free card.

  • Whosays Jun 27, 2011

    They will slap her on the wrist and she will do it again....when will our justice system learn!

  • WhitePony Jun 27, 2011

    You are ALL WRONG I hope she gets the DEATH PENALTY...ToMORROW!!

  • djcgriffin Jun 27, 2011

    I did not think you would be allowed to work as a personal aide with a criminal background like she had....hmmm

  • YNCSW51 Jun 27, 2011

    Put her under the jail. How can anyone take from the most vunerable in our society. Shame on you. I hope you get some prison time for this.

  • mensrae3 Jun 27, 2011

    Why didn't they do a background check on this woman before they allowed her to work with this elderly man? That company should be fried. If she did this, there's probably a lot more she did working as an aid that they haven't uncovered. I hope she gets prison time. I hope that judge SLAMS her !!!!

  • Scubagirl Jun 27, 2011

    thinking she shouldn't have been given bond.....not with her previous history. Glad the guy called the cops on her.