TAYLOR COUNTY, GA (WTVM) - On Friday, May 6, 2016, the Georgia Bureau of Investigation (GBI) arrested Taylor County's Tax Assessor.
Charlyn Lemons, 50, and her husband Jeffrey Lemons, 54, are facing multiple charges including:
- Theft by taking
- Financial card fraud
- False documents and writings
- Exploitation of an elderly person
In April 2016, the GBI initiated a criminal investigation at the request of the Taylor County Sheriff's Office for the alleged financial abuse of a former Taylor County resident.
The resident was over 70 years of age, who was living with the Lemons. The sheriff's office received a complaint from a family member who lived out of state.
In July 2015, the couple befriended the elderly person and began to have the victim sign personal checks that benefited them financially.
The investigation also revealed that the Lemons asked the elderly person to "co-sign" for an All-Terrain Vehicle (ATV) and in another case a mobile home was purchased using the elderly person's funds.
In Nov. 2015, the family of the elderly person relocated her to another state; yet, the elderly person's debit card was used multiple times throughout Georgia.
Thus far, agents have determined more than $40,000 has been misappropriated. It has been determined that the Lemons are not of any relation to the victim.
This investigation is active and ongoing and will be turned over to the Chattahoochee Judicial Circuit District Attorney's Office for judicial review.