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Nursing assistant charged with exploitation of vulnerable person in George County

Attorney General Jim Hood Attorney General Jim Hood

This is a news release from the attorney general's office

A certified nursing assistance at a personal care home in Lucedale has been arrested for allegedly victimizing a patient of the facility, announced Attorney General Jim Hood today.

Investigators with the Attorney General's Medicaid Fraud Control Unit arrested Patricia Harris, 31, of Moss Point on Tuesday at her home in Moss Point. Harris is charged with three counts forgery and one count exploitation of a vulnerable person. Harris is accused, while working as a CNA at a personal care home in Lucedale, of using the checks and credit cards of a patient in an amount over $35,000 for her own personal gain. If convicted, Harris faces up to 15 years on each forgery count and 10 years on the exploitation charge for a potential maximum total of 55 years behind bars. As with all cases the defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.

Harris was booked into the George County Detention Center. The George County Sheriff's Office assisted in the initial investigation and arrest.

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