Caretaker charged with scamming elderly patients, police

DOTHAN, Ala (WDHN) — A Dothan caretaker has been arrested after investigators say she illegally used the credit cards of two elderly patients she was tasked to look after.

On Wednesday, January 30, Dothan Police Investigators arrested Christeeanna Tahaira Carroll and charged her with 30 counts of fraudulent credit card use.

According to Dothan Police, a Dothan-based home health company recently hired 29-year-old Carroll to care for two elderly patients, and after a short time of working with them, the patient’s power of attorney, who has not been publically identified, discovered odd charges on both of the patient’s bank statements.

A power of attorney filed a report with the Dothan Police Department, and an investigation was launched.

Dothan Police Lt. Scott Owens tells WDHN that between the two victims, Carroll tried to use their credit card 26 times through the money-sharing app CashApp and failed but had four successful transactions on CashApp that were over $105.

Lt. Owens says Carroll also used the victim’s credit cards to pay a cell phone provider and order an Uber.

Carroll was booked into the Houston County Jail on a total bond of $80,000 and has not bonded out as of Thursday afternoon.

In Alabama, an attempted and successful credit card use illegally results in the same charge.

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