Atlanta woman arrested in Talbot County elder exploitation case

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Published: Jun. 3, 2021 at 12:07 PM EDT
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TALBOTTON, Ga. (WTVM) - The GBI and Talbot County Sheriff’s Office have arrested an Atlanta woman on multiple charges including identity fraud and exploitation of elder persons.

50-year-old Melissa Thompson is charged with the following:

  • One count of felony theft by deception
  • One count of theft by taking
  • One count of exploitation and intimidation of elder persons
  • Five counts of identity fraud
  • Five counts of financial transaction card fraud

On January 30, 2019, the GBI and Talbot County Sheriff’s Office investigated a fraud and elder exploitation investigation. The investigation identified Melissa Thompson as a suspect with alleged involvement of fraud, theft, and elder exploitation.

Further investigation revealed theft and fraud from the elder victim’s bank account from 2014 - 2019. According to police, most of the alleged theft occurred after Thompson fraudulently created a monthly recurring auto-draft from the victim’s account to her account. The total amount of loss is estimated to be in excess of $29,000.00.

This investigation is ongoing.

Anyone with information regarding this investigation may contact the Georgia Bureau of Investigation Region 2 Field Office at 706-565-7888.

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