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Caregiver for elderly admits five felony financial misdeeds

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A Stafford County woman accused of ripping off elderly people she was supposed to be caring for pleaded guilty to five felony charges Tuesday in Stafford County Circuit Court.

Terry Lynn Hunter, 44, was convicted of four counts of credit card fraud and one count of obtaining money by false pretenses. Judge Michael Levy scheduled sentencing for June 10.

Hunter has another trial set for next week on multiple charges associated with another elderly victim.

Prosecutor Sandra Park said Tuesday’s convictions stemmed from Hunter’s time as a caretaker for an older Stafford woman in August. She used the woman’s information to open several credit card accounts and, among the things she paid for was the services of one of her attorneys, Anthony Williams.

Court records show that Hunter’s pending charges stem from another elderly Stafford woman Hunter started caring for in November. Detective Christine Hammond’s investigation showed that Hunter had obtained the woman’s bank card number and had taken checks that she used to obtain credit and purchase various items online.

According to an affidavit for a search warrant filed in Circuit Court, police intercepted a recorded call from the Rappahannock Regional Jail on Dec. 18 in which Hunter gave her daughter the victim’s credit card information and directed her to make an $800 payment to the law firm Spencer, Mayoras, Koch, Cornick & Meyer.

She also asked her daughter to check on the status of purchases she made from Walmart and other stores using the victim’s credit.

Hammond wrote in the affidavit that several fraudulent accounts had been opened in the victim’s name, the first of which was opened Nov. 2—the first day Hunter provided care for the woman.

Hunter had an embezzlement conviction in North Carolina prior to her Stafford troubles, court records show.

Keith Epps: 540/374-5404

kepps@freelancestar.com

 

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