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Woman Charged With Stealing From Disabled Adult After Investigation By Florida AG Moody’s Office

Florida Attorney General Ashley Moody announced Friday the arrest of a woman for stealing more than $12,000 from a disabled adult.
Florida Attorney General Ashley Moody (File Photo)

Florida Attorney General Ashley Moody announced Friday the arrest of a woman for stealing more than $12,000 from a disabled adult.

According to an investigation by Attorney General Moody’s Medicaid Fraud Control Unit and the Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office, Jessica Lyn Duvall served as the victim’s primary guardian before a new guardian was appointed.

Duvall collected the victim’s Social Security funds and spent the money on personal items instead of paying for the victim’s care.

Moody said, “This so-called guardian used her position of trust and authority to steal thousands of dollars from a disabled Floridian. Thankfully, my Medicaid Fraud Control Unit investigators stopped this fraud, and the suspect will now have to answer for her crimes.”

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According to the investigation, Duvall collected funds from the victim for more than a year. During part of that time, Duvall acted as the victim’s guardian.

At first, the victim lived with Duvall but eventually moved into a nursing home. Throughout the entire process, Duvall stole more than $12,000 from the victim, using the money to pay for non-care-related expenses.

The investigation found that once the victim moved to a nursing facility, Duvall never paid for the victim’s care.

Duvall is charged with one count of exploitation of a disabled person, $10,000 or more, a second-degree felony.

The case will be prosecuted by Attorney General Moody’s MFCU through an agreement with the State Attorney of the First Judicial Circuit, Ginger Bowden Madden.

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