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Hillsborough County caretaker arrested for defrauding 96-year-old out of $46,000

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Posted at 11:48 AM, Dec 18, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-18 11:48:29-05

A caretaker in Hillsborough County was arrested after deputies say he defrauded a 96-year-old out of $46,000.

Chad Johnson, 45, reportedly became the victim's caretaker earlier in 2020. From September to November, he is accused of cashing checks he wrote for himself using the victim's account. He also reportedly made numerous purchases using the victim's credit cards.

The person did not authorize any of the charges made to the accounts, nor was Johnson given permission to access their banking records.

Detectives learned over those months, Johsnon defrauded the victim out of more than $46,000.

He was arrested and charged with exploitation of an elderly person and grand theft second degree.

"It is despicable what this suspect did. Scamming an individual that is part of one of our most vulnerable communities is a disgusting act and one that is not tolerated here at the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office," said Sheriff Chad Chronister. "I applaud the great detective work of our Economic Crimes Section to get this suspect off of our streets and behind bars."