BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WWAY) -- A disabled veteran is out more than a quarter-million dollars after investigators say his in-home caretaker stole his bank account information. Detectives say she's not the only one involved in the scheme.
The Brunswick County Sheriff's Office is looking for five women accused of using the man's money to pay off other people's bills.
The Sheriff's Office wants Lisa Veronica McGee McClain, Monica Machelle Frazier, Maria Shaw Sloan, Velda Denise Barnhill and Pamela Denise Springer for fraud. Investigators say the crew, led by McLain, stole more than $260,000 from disabled veteran Kenneth Nash of Leland.
"After the branch manager met with him, they realized his account had been taken over by someone other than himself," Det. Edward Carter said.
McClain worked for Nash as an in-home caregiver after Nash got out of a VA hospital. He did not notice that any of his money was missing until his bank called and told him he was broke. That's when he started looking at his spending closely. Thousands of transactions on his account were not his.
"Because the amounts were so small and were to vendors Mr. Nash uses, they didn't set off any fraud alerts until the bank called and said, 'Hey you're out of money,'" Det. Carter said.
Investigators say McClain and the other four women ran a debt consolidation/bill pay service business as a front to steal money from Nash. McClain allegedly paid bills to Time Warner Cable and Progress Energy, among other businesses, out of Nash's account and pocketed the cash from her customers.
Since the investigation, Nash has recovered all but $2,000 of the money that was stolen.
The Sheriff's Office says some of the other women also did in-home care. That means there may be more victims who may not have realized they were being used.
If anyone has any information on where the five women are or thinks they may also have been targeted, call the Brunswick County Sheriff's Office.