An Enid resident is going to prison for exploitation of a vulnerable person in Tallahatchie County, announced Attorney General Jim Hood.
Heather Cox, 37, pleaded guilty to one count exploitation of a vulnerable person Monday in Tallahatchie County Circuit Court before the Honorable Judge Jimmy McClure.
Cox was sentenced to five years, four suspended and one to serve, in the custody of the Mississippi Department of Corrections.
She will also be placed on four years post release supervision once released and must pay restitution in the amount of $7,625, a $500 fine, and $1,000 to the Mississippi crime victim’s compensation fund.
Cox admitted to randomly targeting the victim in order to get money from her. Cox convinced the victim, a Charleston resident, that she needed repairs to her home and convinced the victim to hire her to make the repairs, which were unnecessary. Cox was advised by local law enforcement of the victim’s deteriorating mental state and told not to return to the victim’s home. A short time later, Cox went to the bank with the victim to try and cash another check.
“Our local law enforcement and community partners play a key role in uncovering these crimes for us,” said Hood.
The case was investigated by Russell Frazier and prosecuted by Special Assistant Attorney General Marvin Sanders of the Attorney General’s Vulnerable Adults Unit.