Elderly person’s caretaker accused of forging $91,000 in checks from victim

Published 3:50 pm Wednesday, February 15, 2023

An Alabama woman who worked as an elderly person’s caretaker has been indicted by a grand jury, accused of stealing $91,000 from the person by writing checks to herself from the victim’s bank account.

Decatur police said they arrested Melissa Ann Hale, 48, after a Department of Human Resources investigation.

Hale is accused of forging 29 checks from the victim’s account and depositing them into her personal bank account.

She was arrested last week on a single count of first-degree theft and 10 counts of third-degree possession of a forged instrument.