JACKSON, MS (WDAM) - This is a news release from the Mississippi Attorney General's Office.
Charise Bridges, 45, of Monticello, has been arrested following an indictment for felony exploitation of a vulnerable person, announced Attorney General Jim Hood.
Bridges was arrested by the Lawrence County Sheriff's Department after being on the run for more than a year. The arrest followed an indictment by the Covington County Grand Jury for one count of Felonious Exploitation of a Vulnerable Person.
The indictment alleges that Bridges took a check from the victim, who at the time was a resident of the Mississippi Veteran's Home. She allegedly withdrew $700 from the victim's bank account without authorization.
The defendant was booked into the Covington County Jail and is awaiting bond. If convicted, Bridges faces up to 10 years behind bars and a $10,000 fine. As with all cases, the fact that a defendant has been charged with a crime, unless there is included therein a statement explaining that, the charge is merely an accusation and the defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.
This case was investigated by Trey Rogers and will be prosecuted by Special Assistant Attorney General Katie Moulds of the Attorney General's Medicaid Fraud Control Unit.