Ga. Woman Sentenced in Elder Abuse, Fraud Case

9:24 PM, Feb 25, 2013   |    comments
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DECATUR, Ga. (AP) - A DeKalb County woman has been sentenced to 30 years in prison for crimes against the elderly.

Bobbie Ward was sentenced Monday after being found guilty of abusing six disabled, elderly people over a five-year period. Ward was charged with neglect, exploitation, false imprisonment, forgery and 13 counts of identity fraud.

DeKalb County District Attorney's officials say Ward took elderly people into her home, malnourished them and allowed them to live in squalid conditions.

Authorities say Ward took money from the victims' bank accounts and signed their names on government checks without their permission.

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