Lake Charles Woman Arrested for Theft and Exploitation of the Infirmed, Second Arrest Pending
The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office arrested a Lake Charles woman this week for theft and exploitation of the infirmed. A warrant was also issued for a second person involved.
A local nursing home reported theft from several of their resident's accounts on December 14, 2018. After an investigation, detectives learned Andrea V. Johnson, 38, of Lake Charles, "purchased unauthorized items", like "TVs, DVDs, Rokus, and gift cards" from the accounts of the residents. Johnson did return the items to the store to get money back to return to the residents. Johnson stole about $13,000 between November 2017 and December 2018 from 21 residents.
Further investigation showed that Katherine M. Coyle, 42, of Lake Charles, the office manager, also stole from the residents accounts. Doyle admitted to detectives that she "filled out fraudulent requests for cash from residents accounts without their knowledge". Coyle cashed checks and kept the cash, stealing approximately $44,000 between March 2017 and December 2017 from 30 residents.
A warrant was issued for both women, with Coyle turning herself in on January 14, and was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center. She's charged with theft over $25,000, and 30 counts of exploitation of the infirmed. Coyle was released the same day on a $200,000 bond.
Johnson has an active warrant for $130,000 on the charges of theft from $500 but less than $25,000; and 21 counts of exploitation of the infirmed.
The accounts of all the residents at the nursing home have been fully reimbursed.