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Oak Hill Woman Arrested For Stealing Money From An Elderly Person

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OAK HILL (WOAY) – A Fayette County woman is in jail today for allegedly stealing money from an elderly person.

Lela Virginia Rhodes, 37, of Oak Hill was arrested today on numerous felony counts following an investigation by the Fayette County Sheriff’s Department. The Detective Bureau received information that Rhodes had possibly stolen checks from a 92 year old man after she worked for him. Rhodes allegedly forged the victim’s signature to the checks and received nearly $11,000.00 in doing so.

Rhodes was charged with 32 felony counts of Forgery/Uttering, and 1 felony count of Financial Exploitation of the Elderly. She was unable to post the $20,000.00 bond set by the Fayette County Magistrate’s Office and was remanded to the Southern Regional Jail.

“Elderly persons are often seen as easy targets”, says Sheriff Fridley. “In many cases like these, there are people keeping vigilance over their affairs and well being, which enables us to bring justice on their behalf”.

If you have any information regarding this incident or any other crimes, contact the Fayette County Sheriff’s Department at 304-574-3590, or through our Facebook page “Fayette County Sheriff’s Department,” or you can contact Crime Stoppers of West Virginia at 304-255-STOP. This incident remains under investigation by Detective Bureau of the Fayette County Sheriff’s Department.



Tyler Barker

Tyler Barker is currently the Interim News Director and Digital Content Manager for WOAY-TV. I was promoted to this job in Mid-November. I still will fill in on weather from time to time. Follow me on Facebook and Twitter @wxtylerb. Have any news tips or weather questions? Email me at tbarker@woay.com


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