A caregiver from South Florida is accused of using an elderly woman’s credit cards to pay for wedding expenses, flights, shoes, and personal bills.
After a five-month investigation, deputies with the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office arrested 51-year-old Jacqueline Coombs Rodney on charges of grand theft and exploitation of the elderly.
Investigators said Coombs Rodney used the credit cards of a woman in Boca Raton and racked up about $30,000 worth of charges. The victim is an 83-year-old woman with Alzheimer’s.
According to the arrest report, the victim’s daughter first alerted authorities of the fraudulent purchases on accounts held with Macy’s, Bloomingdales, Synchrony Bank, Chase Bank, and Nordstrom’s.
Investigators said Coombs Rodney used those cards to buy handbags, shoes, furniture, and a plane ticket. She’s also accused of using the cards to pay for car insurance, phone bills and a wedding banquet hall, as well as a move from Lauderdale Lakes to Lake Worth. She is free on bond.