SOUTH MISSISSIPPI (WLOX) - Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood recently announced announced charges for two separate exploitation and abuse cases.
In Hattiesburg, Mississippi, one man is behind bars and charged with a felony count of abuse of a vulnerable person.
According to Attorney General Hood and the Forrest County Sheriff's Department, 37-year-old Stacey Ford was allegedly physically abusing a resident in his care at a Forrest County home for the mentally challenged.
Ford was booked into the Forrest County jail, where he is awaiting a court appearance. He faces up to 20 years in prison if convicted, as well as a $20,000 fine.
In a separate case in Jackson, MS, 48-year-old Pebla "Pebbles" Jones Wright was arrested for one count of felony exploitation of a vulnerable person, and one count attempted exploitation of a vulnerable person.
Officials say Wright, who owns a retirement and assisted living facility in Jackson, reportedly took more than $12,000 from a person in her care, and attempted to take an additional $2,900.
If convicted, Wright faces up to 20 years in prison and a $20,000 fine.