The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

December 21, 2013

Oak Hill man arrested for exploiting woman

By Jessica Farrish
Register-Herald Reporter

— A man was arrested Wednesday for the financial exploitation of an elderly Oak Hill woman, Fayette County Sheriff Steve Kessler said Thursday.

Thomas Wayne Shepherd, 22, of Oak Hill, was charged with five counts each of forgery and uttering, two counts of computer fraud and one count of identity theft after police say he stole the woman’s checks, forged her signature, passed the checks and accessed her credit card illegally.

He was arraigned Thursday in Fayette Magistrate Court and remanded to Southern Regional Jail on $100,000 bond.

“The physical abuse or financial exploiting of the elderly is a very high priority for the sheriff’s office,” said Kessler. “All complaints of this nature are aggressively investigated and criminal charges, if warranted, are filed as quickly as possible.”

Anyone with information concerning abuse or exploitation of the elderly may contact sheriff’s detectives at 304-574-4216, Adult Protective Services of the state Department of Health and Human Resources at 304-465-9613 or on the “Fayette County Sheriff’s Department” page on Facebook.

— Jessica Farrish