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Moss Point woman accused of defrauding nursing home patient out of $35K

Patricia Joy Harris (Photo source: George County Sheriff's Office) Patricia Joy Harris (Photo source: George County Sheriff's Office)
LUCEDALE, MS (WLOX) -

A Moss Point woman is facing up to 55 years behind bars after she allegedly used the checks and credit cards of a patient at a George County nursing home for her own personal gain.

Attorney General Jim Hood said 31-year-old Patricia Joy Harris, a certified nursing assistant at the Lucedale facility, is charged with three counts of forgery and one count of exploitation of a vulnerable person.

Hood said his office's Medicaid Fraud Control Unit with the help of the George County Sheriff's Office arrested Harris at her Moss Point home Tuesday.

Hood said investigators discovered Harris had used checks and credit cards from one of the patients at the facility to the tune of more than $35,000.

Harris was booked into the George County Detention Center. She is facing up to 15 years on each forgery count and 10 years on the exploitation charge.

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