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3 charged in financial crimes against vulnerable adult

July 14, 2021 GMT

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Three people in Alabama have been arrested on charges related to the theft of $9 million from a resident of an assisted living facility, the state attorney general said Wednesday.

Lisa Daugherty, 54, of Attalla, is charged with two counts of financial exploitation of the elderly. A news release from Attorney General Steve Marshall said one count accuses Daugherty in the theft of $8 million in currency. The other count accuses her in the theft of $1 million in real estate.

Daugherty worked as a care technician at Oak Landing Assisted Living in Etowah County, where the victim was a resident.

Daugherty was being held in the Etowah County Jail on a $1 million cash bond.

Two other women are charged with first-degree receiving stolen property, in the amount of $600,000. Brooke Crawford, 35, of Attalla, is Daugherty’s daughter, and Jerenita Johnson, 52, of Boaz, is Daugherty’s former partner, the attorney general said. Crawford and Johnson were being held on a $5,000 bond each.

The attorney general’s office did not say whether any of the women was represented by an attorney.

Marshall said the investigation by the Medicaid Fraud Control Unit was conducted after a referral from the U.S. attorney’s office for the Northern District of Alabama.