A Florida woman arrested in St. Johns County is accused of stealing more than $12,000 from an elderly victim and using the money for personal reasons, including paying court costs in a different case, Attorney General Ashley Moody said.
Monique Mejia, who was the power of attorney for the unnamed victim, used that authority to gain access to the victim’s personal bank account and transferred more than $12,000 to a personal account, according to Moody’s office.
Mejia took out a cashier’s check to pay court costs in an unrelated matter, all while leaving the victim’s health care expenses unpaid, according to prosecutors.
Mejia’s criminal actions prevented the victim from fulfilling financial obligations at the victim’s home and did not allow the victim to receive a proper burial after passing, the AG’s office said.
Mejia faces one count of exploitation of an elderly person — a second-degree felony. If convicted, Mejia faces up to 15 years in prison and up to a $10,000 fine in addition to repayment of restitution.