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Oak Hill woman accused of stealing from 92-year-old

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OAK HILL, WV (WVVA) -

Investigators said a Fayette County woman stole checks from a 92-year-old man, forged his name, and cashed them.

Lela Virginia Rhodes, 37, of Oak Hill was charged with 32 felony counts of forgery and uttering and one count of financial exploitation of the elderly.

According to Sheriff Mike Fridley, the woman worked for the victim. A total of $11,000 was stolen.

"Elderly persons are often seen as easy targets," said Sheriff Fridley.  "In many cases like these, there are people keeping vigilance over their affairs and well being, which enables us to bring justice on their behalf."

Rhodes was taken to Southern Regional Jail. Her bond was set at $20,000

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