Natchez caretaker arrested

Published 12:11 am Thursday, September 3, 2015

NATCHEZ — A Natchez woman is behind bars after an Adams County grand jury indicted her on allegations she took advantage of someone in her care.

Evelyn Ann Whatley, 58, 126 John Glenn Ave., turned herself in at the Adams County Sheriff’s Office Tuesday after the grand jury charged her with exploitation of a vulnerable person.

The indictment alleges Whatley was the caretaker of the victim during the time she allegedly made numerous unauthorized transactions from two separate bank accounts belonging to the victim for her own use.

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A statement from the Mississippi Attorney General’s Office, which investigated the allegation and will lead in the prosecution of the case, said the thefts of “over $250” were made between November 2014 and February 2015.

A spokesperson for the attorney general’s office said the $250 number was a minimum amount included in the statutory language under which the indictment was filed and was not necessarily indicative of the total.

The spokesperson said the office could not discuss the specifics of indictments.

A civil complaint filed in Adams County’s County Court deceased victim’s daughter, alleges Whatley took “in excess of $43,000,” though it says, “The exact amount is presently undetermined.”

Whatley is currently being detained without bond at the Adams County jail.

If convicted, she will face up to 10 years in prison and a $10,000 fine.