JACKSON, Miss. (Press Release) — A Lauderdale County resident has been arrested for the exploitation of a vulnerable person, announced Attorney General Jim Hood today.
Bertha Jenkins has been arrested following indictment by a Lauderdale County Grand Jury. Jenkins is charged with one count of exploitation of a vulnerable adult. She was booked in the Lauderdale County Jail.
“We appreciate the assistance we received from Sheriff Billy Sollie and his officers during this investigation and arrest,” said Attorney General Hood.
Jenkins is accused of using funds of a nursing home resident, with whom she was acquainted, in the amount of $5,377.35 over a period of 33 months.
If convicted, Jenkins faces up to 10 years in prison. As with all cases, the defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty beyond reasonable doubt in a court of law.
The case is being investigated by Victor Mason and will be prosecuted by Assistant Attorney General Stanley Alexander of the Attorney General’s Public Integrity Division.