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Oak Hill man accused of financial exploitation of elderly woman

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An Oak Hill man has been arrested for allegedly taking money from an elderly woman.

On Wednesday, December 18, 2013, the Fayette Counter Sheriff's Office received a complaint that an elderly woman in the Oak Hill area was being subjected to financial exploitation. It was reported that several of her checks had been stolen, forged, and uttered and that her credit card had been unlawfully accessed as well.

Following an investigation into these allegations by the Sheriff's Detective Bureau, criminal charges were filed late Wednesday evening against Thomas Wayne Shepherd, III., 22, of Oak Hill. Shepherd was arrested that same evening.

Shepherd is charged with five counts of forgery, five counts of uttering, two counts of computer fraud, and one count of identity theft. He was arraigned Thursday morning and his bond was set at $100,000.00.

"The physical abuse or financial exploitation of the elderly is a very high priority for the Sheriff's Office," said Sheriff Steve Kessler in a News Release. "All complaints of this nature are aggressively investigated and criminal charges, if warranted, are filed as quickly as possible."

Anyone having any information concerning the physical abuse of financial exploitation of elderly citizens in Fayette County is urged to contact the Sheriff's Office Detective Bureau at (304) 574-4216, the Adult Protective Services Division of DHHR at (304) 465-9613 or you may submit a tip through the sheriff's department Facebook page.

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