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Chesterfield couple indicted for allegedly stealing $60,000 from woman in hospital

Posted at 9:55 PM, Feb 02, 2015
and last updated 2015-02-03 06:39:31-05

CHESTERFIELD COUNTY, Va. -- A Chesterfield couple was indicted by a grand jury for allegedly stealing $60,000 from a woman in their care who police said was in the hospital when the money was taken out of her bank accounts.

Angela Johnson and Corey Johnson were indicted by a grand jury on Jan. 20 on 22 counts each of medical fraud, obtaining money by false pretenses, embezzlement and financial exploitation of a mentally incapacitated person.

Court documents show the pair allegedly feloniously obtained money from the state agency that administers Medicaid.

Angela Johnson's attorney declined to comment.

Attorney Ryan Young, who is not affiliated with the case, specializes in cases involving financial exploitation of the elderly or incapacitated persons.

“We’re only going to see more of this unfortunately…our population is graying and there is a lot of wealth being transferred on,” Young said.

While Young is not familiar with this particular case, he said he has worked similar cases and oftentimes the victims are people who are cut off from those closest to them.

“It could be a family member of a supposed caregiver, somebody who steps in and says they will help them with their day to day finances, but they’re actually taking advantage of them,” Young said.

Young said financial troubles, or a feeling of “I’m owed this because I’m caring for this person” are often what motivates people to steal from the person in their care.

“I've seen cases where someone has a gambling problem or a drinking problem, or it could be something more benign, where they just aren't good at handling their own finances,” Young said.

Angela Johnson will be in court on March 16.

The court has yet to set a court date for Corey Johnson.

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