A caregiver has been indicted for exploiting an elderly woman after she took advantage of her position, treating herself to a spending spree with the victim’s money.
The defendant, Sherry Dawn Steakley, has been indicted on charges of exploitation of an elderly adult, grand theft, fraudulent use of a credit card and forgery.
According to sheriff’s investigator Aaron Roberts, Steakley had been hired by the victim’s family to care for the woman who was in her 80s and suffering from an onset of dementia.
“They ran an ad that they needed someone to care for this lady and Ms. Steakley responded,” the investigator said, noting Steakley was subsequently hired in January.
Roberts said Steakley had cared for the woman for about three months when the victim’s conservator became aware of large amounts of money being taken from the woman’s bank account.
“Steakley had gotten ahold of the woman’s credit cards between January and March and had ran up a $7,000 bill,” Roberts said, noting the spending happened at various places. “There were some at a liquor store where she claimed she was purchasing it for the woman and then there were others at various places like Walmart, a hotel and at a video store.”