Houston & Peach

Houston County grand jury hands up 36-count indictment in elder exploitation case

PERRY -- A Centerville woman was indicted Tuesday on 18 counts of exploitation of an elderly man three years ago.

Cheri Eileene Cox, 54, also was indicted on 14 counts of financial transaction card fraud and one count of theft.

She is accused of transferring funds out of the man’s credit union account to her own, convincing him to change his will for her benefit, using the man’s checks and debit card, paying off her own credit card with his money and cashing several of his bonds.

Also, in the same indictment, William M. Cox, 58, of Centerville, was indicted on one count of theft and two counts of exploitation of the same man.

William Cox is accused of accepting a transfer of the man’s money by Cheri Cox to his credit union account, of using the man’s debit card and paying off a credit card with the man’s money.

The incidents alleged in the 36-count indictment took place in 2012.

To contact writer Becky Purser, call 256-9559.