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Raleigh couple accused of exploiting elderly woman's trust

Posted July 22, 2011

— A Raleigh couple is charged with exploiting the trust of an elderly woman. 

Yolonda Denise Grissett, 41, and Eric Charles Grissett, 42, both of 5808 Brambleton Ave., are accused of taking money from 74-year-old Ida Powell to pay for her car insurance but never applying the money to the bill, according to arrest warrants. Eric Grissett works for an insurance company. 

The couple is accused of pocketing more than $1,200 from January 2009 to November 2010, according to arrest warrants.

Powell found out the bill had not been paid and her insurance had lapsed when she was pulled over by a state trooper. 

Each of the Grissetts is charged with obtaining property by false pretense and exploiting an elderly person's trust. 

Yolonda Grissett was being held under a $10,000 bond and Eric Grissett was given a $25,000 bond. 


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  • AmericanMom Jul 26, 2011

    What happened to innocent until proven guilty? I have had insurance from them without any issues. It's probably a clerical issue that's getting blown out of proportion. Yolonda volunteers and avidly believes in helping others, including the homeless and elderly, so I find it unbelievable that she would exploit an elderly person. It seems as if these comments are already condemning them without any trial or opportunity for explanation.

  • Vita Brevis Ars Longa Jul 22, 2011

    How Shady!

  • RB aka Spirit Warrior Woman Jul 22, 2011

    "Yolonda Grissett was being held under a $10,000 bond and Eric Grissett was given a $25,000 bond."

    Not high enough.

    You prey on a child, or an elderly or disabled child, the bail should never be less than $1, I don't care what you did or did or didn't do to them.


  • hellorhighwaters Jul 22, 2011

    Poor lady...unfortunately this happens more often than people would think. And it's usually someone close to them, or someone that they (the elderly)really trust.

    These people stealing from the elderly are going to get old (they hope)one day themselves; so 'what if' someone does the same to them? Then how would they feel. Would they feel that it was okay....because that person didn't get caught the first few times they stole from them? Or would they feel like they had been victimized....like this poor woman (I'm sure) feels.
    Or maybe someone were to steal from their parents while they are locked up for this crime.

    Doesn't sound too pretty when it hits home.

  • Rebelyell55 Jul 22, 2011

    Oh someone forgot. I can hear it now, the crooks. Hope they enjoy their time in jail if the even did get in there. Sorry, sorry people in this world.