A third local woman has been charged amid allegations she and two others took advantage of a disabled man.
Mary Farmer, 31, of Tahlequah, faces a felony charge of exploitation of an elderly person. Farmer reportedly responded to a local man’s job advertisement, and was later told she could bring a second worker to help do the chores. Farmer allegedly brought along, at various points during her work, Delisa Mackey, 21, of Park Hill, and Deanna Arnold, 34, of Tahlequah. Both of those women were charged last week with similar accusations of exploitation.
Prosecutors allege the three women took advantage of a man, who is legally blind. The victim agreed to pay an hourly wage to the three, and allegedly asked them to help him make out the checks because he is blind. Prosecutors say the victim later learned a total of $1,100 had been written on those checks, far above the wages the victim agreed to pay the women.
The women reportedly told investigators the victim agreed to give them loans to help with personal issues, but the victim denied he’d ever had those conversations with the women.
Farmer, Mackey and Arnold allegedly gave the $1,100 back to the victim after they were questioned by sheriff’s investigators, and hoped prosecutors would decline to file charges because the money had been repaid, court documents show.
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