A staggering amount of money of evidence is predicted to be applied later this thirty day period versus former home-health nursing assistant Chiquita LaShae McGee when she goes on demo for exploiting an elderly John’s Island couple for 10 months in 2017.
Assistant Condition Lawyer Lev Evans not long ago despatched the court a listing of allegedly fraudulent credit score-card transactions – totaling more than $115,000 – that he intends to enter into proof at trial.
The arrest warrant affidavit accuses McGee of having satisfaction excursions to New York and Miami, and getting pricey electronics, gold jewellery, sporting items and clothing for herself and for family members users.
The credit card fees on the checklist never seem to healthy the life-style of McGee’s people, 89-yr-outdated Alfred Martinelli and his spouse, then-86-12 months-aged Michelina Martinelli. Vero Seaside internist Dr. Garrick Kantzler is expected to testify that both equally had dementia at the time, and it was observed in their clinical records.
1st on the listing of purchases are 18 gold chains, bracelets and charms acquired from Piercing Pagoda totaling $3,889. Then there ended up two iPhones at $719 each, a few Apple watches ranging in price tag from $329 to $399 every, and a good television set from Best Buy.
There were also $3,247 in Avis and Budget car rentals, $9,213 in luxury and exotic car or truck rentals which include a Rolls Royce from MPH Car or truck Club, a $1,369 continue to be at The Plaza in New York, two evenings at The Bentley hotel in Miami for $1,012, furthermore $1,702 in home furnishings from Have It Now.
But the most confounding purchases manufactured with the credit score playing cards of two 80-somethings have been racked up on 47 visits to Champs Sporting Goods, in which a overall of $19,262 truly worth of merchandise was charged.
Court docket information say McGee and her co-defendant and sister, Sophia Monae Shepherd (aka Sophia Brown), had been authorized to use a credit rating card to purchase important merchandise for Alfred Martinelli. But police say that plan went awry because of to Michelina Martinelli’s dementia.
The investigation located not only the credit score card purchases, but also $85,000 in checks created out to McGee from the Martinellis’ bank account. Puzzled, Michelina Martinelli explained to law enforcement she imagined the CNAs ended up charging items for her husband to their possess credit cards, so she would ask them how substantially they used and reimburse them by look at, with out inquiring for receipts.
The CNAs had been fired from Indian River Residence Well being immediately after the Martinellis’ daughter reported them. Susan Shea also submitted a Florida Healthcare Provider Grievance with the point out.
A few Indian River Shores Community Safety officers labored to assemble the evidence that led to an arrest warrant for McGee and Shepherd in January 2018. Det. Ken Barrett, Sgt. Kip Benham, and Det. Rodney Grass performed interviews, collected financial institution information and interviewed store workforce wherever McGee and Shepherd are accused of creating fraudulent fees on the Martinellis’ credit playing cards.
Not incredibly provided their far more than $19,000 in buys, the Champs retailer supervisor remembered and positively determined McGee and Shepherd, as did other retail store clerks.
Arrest paperwork say the CNAs also billed a Carnival cruise to the Bahamas, a diamond ring from Zales Jewelers and lingerie from Victoria’s Mystery. They are accused of charging beauty surgical procedure, legal bills and buying gold by the ounce for an investment decision.
Indian River Shores Deputy Main Mark Shaw reported only Det. Bennett, who joined the Shores’ force soon after a extensive occupation with the Vero Seaside Law enforcement Department, is envisioned to testify at the demo, but he praised everybody who labored to make the case.
“Ken and our group of investigators place a phenomenal total of time and electrical power into this circumstance.
In the end, we hope to get closure for the victim and household,” Shaw explained.
Prosecutor Evans explained he expects the trial – his last scenario ahead of he retires – to span one week. McGee’s non-public defense legal professional, James Regan of Fort Pierce, a previous prosecutor and colleague of Evans, was not readily available Monday for comment.
McGee’s co-defendant Shepherd not too long ago improved protection lawyers, delaying her demo.
Lawyer Bob Stone experienced to bow out thanks to a serious health and fitness challenge, so Shepherd is staying represented by Assistant General public Defender Dorothy Naumann.