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BECKLEY (NEWS RELEASE) -- A Raleigh County man has been arrested on charges of financial exploitation of the elderly. Sheriff Steve Kessler released the following information concerning this arrest:

Joey Scott Voiers, age 44, of Beckley, WV, was arrested earlier this morning and charged with the felony offenses of Obtaining Money Under False Pretenses and Financial Exploitation of the Elderly. He was arraigned in the Magistrate Court of Fayette County and was released on a $50,000.00 bond.

This arrest stemmed from a months-long investigation conducted by the Detective Bureau of the Fayette County Sheriff's Office. According to the criminal complaint filed in the Magistrate Court of Fayette County against Mr. Voiers, he is alleged to have fraudulently obtained payment for repairs and renovations that were either not performed or were not performed to an acceptable standard on one of the historic buildings in Fayetteville owned by an elderly local resident. He is further alleged to have taken financial advantage of this elderly female by having her co-sign for a vehicle loan and pay for his vehicle insurance, cable television services and cell phone service. He is also alleged to have used a credit card issued to this elderly female to incur several thousand dollars in fraudulent charges and to have obtained several thousand dollars from her bank account. These charges cover a period between 2008 and early 2013 when this was initially reported to the Fayette County Sheriff's Office.

"The information gathered during this investigation indicates that Joey Voiers began renting an apartment from this elderly female around 2008 and agreed to perform repairs and renovations to her residence in exchange for a reduced rate of rent," said Sheriff Kessler. "He apparently gradually won the trust of this elderly female and then began taking financial advantage of her. Instead of paying rent it appears that he convinced this elderly female to pay all of his bills and provide him with large amounts of cash. Several of the checks that were cashed by Mr. Voiers were apparently cashed at a time that this elderly female was either in a local hospital or in a skilled nursing facility."

Sheriff Kessler went on to add, "We take the financial exploitation of the elderly very seriously. Over the past several years the Fayette County Sheriff's Office and the Office of the Fayette County Prosecuting Attorney have worked together to advocate for the passage of new laws strengthening the protection for our elderly residents against financial fraud and manipulation."

This case remains under investigation by the Detective Bureau of the Fayette County Sheriff's Office. Anyone having any information concerning this investigation is urged to contact the Sheriff's Office Detective Bureau at (304) 574-4263 or Crime Stoppers at (304) 255-7867 or you may submit a tip through either the Crime Tips section of the Sheriff's Office website, http://fayettesheriffwv.net/ or through our Department Facebook page, "Fayette County Sheriff's Department."

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