Caretaker arrested for allegedly stealing at least $91,000 from patient

Caretaker arrested for allegedly stealing $91,000 from patient.
Published: Jun. 23, 2022 at 3:22 PM CDT|Updated: Jul. 1, 2022 at 8:42 AM CDT
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DECATUR, Ala. (WAFF) - A Decatur woman was arrested following an investigation into a 79-year-old woman being financially exploited.

On June 16, it was reported that a 79-year-old believed she was being financially exploited by her caretaker, Melissa Ann Hale, 48. Through the course of an investigation, it was discovered that 29 checks totaling $91,000 were deposited into an account belonging to Hale without the victim’s permission.

On June 22, warrants were obtained for Hale’s arrest for the charges of first-degree theft of property and 10 counts of third-degree criminal possession of a forged instrument. Hale was arrested on June 23.

Hale was transported to the Morgan County Jail in lieu of a $165,000 bond set by a Morgan County Circuit Court Judge.

On June 28, a Decatur detective identified an additional credit card account that was reportedly obtained using the victim’s personal information. According to the same Decatur detective, Melissa Ann Hale was an authorized user on the account and the expenses on the account were linked directly to Hale. On June 29, a new warrant was obtained by the Decatur Police Department against Hale for the charge of identity theft. The bail for this charge was set at $30,000.

She remains in the Morgan County Jail.

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