WAGONER COUNTY, Okla. — Two people have been accused of elder abuse and exploitation of the elderly after a 73-year-old woman found living in a home with very little furniture, no bed and little to no food.
In February, Wagoner County Sheriff's Office deputies were called in to investigate the case.
During the investigation, investigators said they learned that the woman's 49-year-old daughter, Sheri Stallings, and her husband, 27-year-old Hezekiah Stallings, were acting as the caregivers for the woman, who had been diagnosed with early stages of Alzheimer's.
Investigators said Sheri Stallings had taken control of her mother's checking account, retirement accounts as well as the proceeds from the sale of her mother's home. Investigators said Sheri Stallings was using the money as a personal slush fund, and purchased two 10-acre properties without her mother's knowledge or permission.
Investigators said Sheri Stallings stole about $283,000 from her mother, leaving her penniless and essentially homeless.
"I am appalled at the blatant evidence my Investigators have uncovered in this case. True evil preys on the elderly and children," said Wagoner County Sheriff Chris Elliot.
Both suspects were taken into custody and are being held on $20,000 bond.
The woman was removed from the home and placed in Adult Protective Services custody.
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