A 31-year-old home care aide from Eldon is facing charges that include financial exploitation of a person with a disability. Kellie Ann Quillen was being initially investigated on 57 counts of felony forgery, one count of felony stealing, and three counts of misdemeanor fraudulent use of a credit device. When she faced a judge in Miller County Associate Circuit Court recently, though, only eight charges of felony forgery and one charge of felony stealing $750 or more were filed against her.
Initially, the bond was set at $225,000 when the warrant was issued, but when a motion was filed for bond reduction, it was granted. The new bond was set at $20,000 cash or surety bond with 10 percent cash allowed, as well as special conditions that included no direct contact with the victim or victims of these alleged crimes.
Recent reports indicate that Ms. Quillen had not been able to make bond and may still be incarcerated.
According to Lake News Online, in the news blog, Eldon home health care provider charged with stealing from disabled man in check-forging scheme, written by Dan Field and Amy Wilson:
“While the bond amount was set at $225,000 at the time of the issuance of the warrant, a motion for bond reduction made during the Wednesday arraignment hearing was granted, setting bond at $20,000 cash or surety bond with 10 percent cash allowed and special conditions including no contact with the victim or victims. As of the morning of Sept. 14, Case.net shows no record of Quillen making bond. Calls to the Miller County Sheriff’s Office regarding Quillen’s status went unreturned Sept. 13.
According to the probable cause statement filed Sept. 12, Quillen, a home health care provider, is alleged to have stolen money from the checking account of a disabled Miller County resident by unauthorized debit card charges, by stealing checks from the individual’s checkbook and forging the victim’s signature. The PC statement also alleges that Quillen endorsed checks issued to other health care providers on the account of the disabled residents.”
When the unnamed victim in this case contacted authorities, it was reported that he noticed debit card purchases and withdrawals dating back to February, 2017 that he had not made. He had canceled his debit card immediately, but also begin noticing overdraft charges on his checking account on several occasions. He never had this type of problem before and when close family members reviewed his checking accounts, they noticed that a number of checks had been issued to Kellie Quillen along with other checks made out the other home health care providers, but they were endorsed as being payable to Quillen.
There was no immediate note on follow-up court dates or if other charges would be filed formally against Ms. Quillen.
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