Columbia Man Pleads Guilty to Exploiting Vulnerable Adult

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Today, Attorney General Jim Hood announced the conviction of a man who financially exploited a vulnerable adult.

Thurman Kerry Lucas, 40, of Columbia, pled guilty last week to one count of exploitation of a vulnerable adult in Marion County. Lucas became the in-home caregiver of a woman in March 2014, and after helping with the finances, he started withdrawing large amounts of money for his own use, totaling $23,710.00. The victim was unable to consent to the withdrawals, which happened over a three month period.

Marion County Circuit Court Judge Prentiss Harrell sentenced Lucas to 10 years with five suspended and five to serve. He was also ordered restitution in the amount of $12,000, which was determined by the judge.

“We have a moral obligation and responsibility to protect those who cannot protect themselves,” said General Hood. “I encourage family members and friends to thoroughly check the employment background and call the references of anyone hired to provide caregiving services to a vulnerable person. If you suspect that a neighbor, friend or loved one is being preyed upon by a caregiver or service provider, call my office.

Lucas was indicted in February 2015, and the Columbia Police Department assisted with the investigation.

This case was investigated by Investigator Shannon Spence and prosecuted by Special Assistant Attorney General Marvin Sanders.

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