Georgia man sentenced to 15 years in elder abuse case
CHEROKEE COUNTY, Georgia (WDEF) – A Cherokee County man has pleaded guilty to exploitation of an elder person and forgery.
Reginald Keith is the adopted son of an 89 year old retired Postal Service employee.
Medical Fraud investigators say he stole money over a four year period when his father was in and out of the hospital and rehabilitation.
They say Keith forged checks in his father’s name and deposited them in his business’s account.
Ultimately, he took $90,000 from his father, including money from a reverse mortgage on his home.
His father would end up losing that home.
Prosecutors say Keith spent the money on living expenses, including a BMW luxury sports sedan.
“Abuse, neglect or exploitation of an at-risk, older adult is simply unacceptable,” said Attorney General Chris Carr.
“We will never hesitate to investigate and prosecute anyone engaging in these criminal activities. Ending the scourge of elder abuse is an all-in effort, and we will continue to make it a priority for our office. I am very proud of our entire team in the Medicaid Fraud Control Unit and our local partners for seeking justice in this case.”
Keith pleaded guilty in court on Monday and was sentenced to 15 years (just two of them in prison).
And he’ll have to pay the money back.