- Associated Press - Tuesday, May 24, 2016

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - A Jackson woman has been arrested after being accused of illegally writing nearly $22,200 in checks on the account of an elderly woman in her care.

Attorney General Jim Hood, in a news release Monday, said 36-year-old Dianna Hodge was indicted on one count of felonious exploitation of a vulnerable person.

An investigation uncovered that Hodge allegedly wrote $22,180 in checks while acting as a woman’s caregiver. Hodge is accused of writing the checks without the victim’s consent and converting the money to her own use.

Hodge was taken to the Hinds County jail and is awaiting bond. It was unknown if she has an attorney who could comment on her behalf.

If convicted, Hodge faces up to 10 years in jail and a $10,000 fine.

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