Franklinton woman charged with theft from elderly relative

Published 9:13 am Monday, June 23, 2014

A Franklinton woman was arrested Wednesday on charges of forgery and theft of assets of an aged or disabled person.

On Friday, June 13, the Franklinton Police Department received a report regarding theft of $6,341. Specifically, a 76-year-old Franklinton resident took out two personal loans totaling $3,671 and had checks written from her personal account totaling $2,670, Maj. Justin Brown said.

Because of the victim’s cognitive limitations, she was unaware of the requirements set forth by receiving the loans, Brown said.

Once the money was deposited into her account, a reported family member, identified as Kamaneisha Brown, 31151 Louisiana Highway 438, Franklinton, proceeded to systematically draw down funds from the account. 

The case was investigated by Detective James “Tiger” Folks. He obtained a warrant, and Brown was subsequently arrested at her residence by the Washington Parish Sheriff’s Office.

Charges include five counts of forgery and one count theft of assets of an aged or disabled person. 

She was released from the Washington Parish Jail Friday on a $15,000 bond.

Justin Brown relayed Chief Donald Folse’s sentiments in commending Folks for his efforts and subsequent arrest. 

“The Franklinton Police Department is committed to the protection of our citizens, and we will thoroughly investigate any and all crimes reported to our office,” Brown said.

Cases against the elderly and those with cognitive disabilities have increased slightly over the past few months, he said. 

“All cases have been closed by arrest, and the defendants are awaiting trial,” Brown said. “It should be noted that charges involving the aforementioned victim criteria carry a heavier penalty under Louisiana law.”