Elder Abuse Suspect Now Accused Of Stealing Woman's Stimulus Check

A woman arrested late last year for elder abuse in Carteret County is now accused of cashing the victim's federal stimulus check.

Jennifer Hodges is now charged with felony exploitation of the elderly.

Beaufort police say the 80-year-old victim's son was alerted in late November by Sound Bank that someone was trying to cash his mother's stimulus check. Police say the $1,200 check was successfully cashed a short time later at a Wachovia branch.

Police say the investigation was stalled until the federal government could produce the cashed check.

Back in December the elderly woman was lying in her own feces on the floor of her bathroom. Police say Hodges, who was hired as the woman's caregiver, had refused to come help the elderly woman to the bathroom, and left her there for over an hour.

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  • by Cactus Location: Strabane on Mar 6, 2009 at 06:10 PM
    Should this woman be found guilty of these charges, she should pay and pay dearly. Our old people should be looked up to and provided the beat health care possible. Most of the older people have lived thru hard times, there is no reason they should have to do the same in their latter years. They need care and love.
  • by Dwayne Location: Greenville on Mar 6, 2009 at 03:46 PM
    Was the woman named Daschle or Geithner? Snap.
  • by Chris Location: Greenville on Mar 6, 2009 at 02:00 PM
    Alison, you said a mouthful there.. "If you can HELP it". No one WANTS to rely on others to take care of their loved ones, but this day and time when MOST people have to work or have other commitments, SOMEONE has to tend to the elderly! People like the scum pictured above are THANKFULLY rare, most people taking care of the elderly are good at what they do. There are bad people in every single profession and walk of life.
  • by Alison Location: Havelock on Mar 6, 2009 at 12:56 PM
    This is why I will never allow strangers to take care of anyone in my family if I can help it. Mrs. Hodges and the bank need to be held accountable for the check.
  • by Annette Location: Greenville on Mar 6, 2009 at 12:40 PM
    I'm a CNA for Inpatient Hospice and this sort of stuff makes me so mad. If the lady does not want to do her job, then find something else. About the stealing the check and cashing it, the bank and her need to get in trouble!
  • by me Location: nc on Mar 6, 2009 at 12:35 PM
    This is so sad. I can't for the life of me understand WHY someone could do this. My heart goes out to the patient.

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