Woman accused of stealing $20K from disabled adults

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - A Putnam County woman has been arrested on 14 charges relating to stealing more than $20,000 from 13 disabled adults, Attorney General Pam Bondi announced Wednesday.

Tammi Marie Carnes owned O'Carroll Homes Inc., group homes for disabled adults, where investigators said she stole the money from its residents.

According to the investigation, Carnes used the stolen funds for personal expenses, such as credit card debt and gift cards.

The Attorney General's Medicaid Fraud Control Unit arrested her, with assistance from the Putnam County Sheriff's Office, on one count of organized scheme to defraud, a second-degree felony, and 13 counts of exploitation of a disabled adult, third-degree felonies. If convicted on all counts, Carnes faces up to 80 years in prison and $75,000 in fines.

"Stealing money from people with disabilities is not only morally reprehensible, but also it is illegal," Bondi said in a news release. "My Medicaid Fraud Control Unit has arrested this woman, and she now faces significant prison time."

O'Carroll Homes Inc. was closed by the Agency for Persons with Disabilities in April 2011.

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