Leesville woman accused of stealing from elderly woman at care facility

LEESVILLE -- A 21-year-old Leesville woman is accused of stealing money from an elderly woman.

According to the Vernon Parish Sheriff's Office, Melodie Lowens was booked Thursday following a complaint from a family member of an 81-year-old female who resides in a local residential care facility.

Authorities say Lowens was working at the facility at the time.

Authorities say the family member indicated that the elderly female’s checking account showed $688.95 in fraudulent debit card charges.

"Detectives with the Vernon Parish Sheriff’s Office issued subpoenas in relation to the matter and were able to confirm that Melodie Lowens utilized the victim’s debit card to pay two utility bills, pay other personal bills and conduct fast food purchases," a VPSO news release states.

"Detectives also learned that Lowens was employed by the residential facility in which the victim resides. Detectives immediately contacted the director of the residential care facility. The director of the facility assisted in the investigation and indicated that the facility has a zero tolerance policy regarding this type of employee conduct," the release continues.

Lowens was booked on one count of exploitation of the infirmed and one count of identity theft.

Bond was set at $7,000.

She remains in the parish jail.
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Location : Leesville
People : Melodie Lowens
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