Monticello woman charged with exploitation of vulnerable person

Published 4:40 pm Thursday, February 25, 2016

Charise Bridges, 45, of Monticello, has been arrested following an indictment for felony exploitation of a vulnerable person, Attorney General Jim Hood announced in a news release Thursday.

Bridges was arrested Thursday by the Lawrence County Sheriff’s Department after being on the run for more than a year, Hood said. The arrest followed an indictment by a Covington County grand jury for one count of felonious exploitation of a vulnerable person.

The indictment alleges that Bridges took a check from the victim, who at the time was a resident of the Mississippi Veteran’s Home. She allegedly withdrew $700 from the victim’s bank account without authorization.

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The defendant was booked into the Covington County Jail and is awaiting bond. If convicted, Bridges faces up to 10 years behind bars and a $10,000 fine.

This case was investigated by Trey Rogers and will be prosecuted by Special Assistant Attorney General Katie Moulds of the Attorney General’s Medicaid Fraud Control Unit.