Whiskey Creek woman arrested, accused of elderly exploitation

Patti Newcome. (CREDIT: Lee County Sheriff’s Office)

A Whiskey Creek woman has been arrested and accused of exploiting an elderly person she was hired to care for during the pandemic.

According to the Fort Myers Police Department, Patti Newcomer is suspected of stealing more than $63,000 for her personal spree which included grocery runs, a car mechanic bill and many gift cards.

Police say Newcomer did not have the victim’s permission to spend the money.

The investigation lasted a year and a half but it eventually led to her arrest.

Newcomer faces four counts of first-degree of exploiting an elderly person, one count first-degree felony of theft of a person over 65 years of age, one first-degree felony count of criminal use of personal identification information, and one second-degree felony count of criminal use of personal identification information.

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