A former caretaker at an Alabama assisted living facility has been charged with stealing $9 million dollars from a resident, authorities said.
Lisa Daugherty, 54, was arrested Wednesday on two counts of financial exploitation of the elderly for allegedly victimizing a former resident at Oak Landing Assisted Living in Attalla, where she worked as a care technician.
The state’s attorney general, Steve Marshall, said Daugherty is accused of stealing $8 million in cash from the victim while taking another $1 million worth of real estate.
Two other women, Daugherty’s 35-year-old daughter, Brooke Crawford, and her former partner, Jerenita Johnson, 52, were also charged with first-degree receiving stolen property totaling $600,000.
The investigation by Marshall’s Medicaid Fraud Control Unit followed a referral from the US District Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Alabama.
“No further information about the investigation or the defendants’ alleged crimes other than stated in the warrants may be released at this time,” Marshall’s office said in a statement Wednesday.
Daugherty, of Attalla, remained jailed Thursday on $1 million bond, online records show. She faces between 2 and 20 years in prison if convicted, as well as up to $60,000 in fines.
Crawford and Johnson, who were ordered held on $5,000 bond, also face up to 20 years and $30,000 in fines if convicted.
No information was released about Daugherty’s alleged victim, but WBRC reported she targeted a man who previously lived at the assisted facility in Etowah County.
Daugherty was named in a four-count federal indictment in 2019, but court records cited by AL.com indicate the case was later dismissed.
At the time, the former supervisor at the facility was charged with wire fraud, money laundering, filing a false tax return and theft of government property for allegedly embezzling funds from the victim to pay for her lavish lifestyle, including to buy multiple vacation homes, AL.com reported in October 2019.
Court documents showed that Daugherty gained power of attorney from the victim before arranging for him to be transferred to Oak Landing. She then allegedly started transferring the man’s assets to herself in January 2017 — eventually buying a home, multiple vacation residences, cars and to pay for her daily living expenses, authorities said.
“This case highlights the extent that some individuals will go to financially exploit those who are among the most vulnerable in our community,” Secret Service Special Agent in Charge Patrick Davis said in a statement announcing the 2019 charges.