An Alabama woman hired as a caretaker for a 94-year old Niceville resident is now charged with defrauding the man of nearly 12-thousand dollars over a six month period.
The Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office has charged 30-year old Megan LeAnn Burleson of Andalusia with elderly exploitation, theft of funds from a person 65 or older, altering or forging bank bills or checks, and uttering a forged bank bill or check with intent to defraud.
Burleson is currently being held in the Okaloosa County Jail in Crestview.
An OCSO investigator says Burleson became a caretaker for the victim in December 2019. The investigation however revealed between January and May 2020 she stole and forged a dozen checks, – and between February and May she altered five legitimate paychecks to make the amount appear greater than what was originally written.