By: Kara Duffy
December 30, 2013
Thomasville, GA- Thomasville Police say 72-year-old Peggie Hunt stole more than $75,000 from an 86-year-old Thomasville man who she had been hired to take care of three years ago.
"She would help him; bathe him if he needed bathing; she would go get stuff for him, go buy groceries, help pay his utility bills. She was a basic caretaker for him," said Lt. Wade Glover with the Thomasville Police Department.
Investigators say it was brought to their attention last month by two of the man's other caregivers, that something wasn't adding up right.
"They became suspicious when their pay checks were a little less than what they were supposed to be being paid," Lt. Glover said.
That's when investigators took a closer look.
"During the investigation we were able to obtain financial records," Lt. Glover said. "We were able to obtain copies of checks that were filled out by Ms. Hunt. Some of the checks ranged from five to six hundred dollars more than what she was supposed to be getting paid for the week."
When we went to Hunt's house, a female who would not identify herself and only spoke behind a closed door, said that Hunt had nothing to say, that it was a private matter and that all questions would have to go through Hunt's attorney. When we asked the woman who Hunt's attorney was, she would not say and then told us to get off the property immediately.
Hunt was charged with exploitation of an elderly person by theft by taking.
She was taken to Thomas County Jail but has since been released on bond.