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Monticello woman charged with exploitation of vulnerable person

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.

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.