JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Gail Lucinder Rivers, 46, was sentenced to ten years in prison on May 22 for multiple counts of Fraud, including exploiting a disabled adult.
According to the Florida State Attorney, a jury convicted Rivers on charges of Defrauding a Financial Institution by Schemes/False/Fraudulent Pretenses/Promises/Representation, Criminal Use of Personal Information and Fraudulent Use of a Credit Card.
In 2009, Rivers accessed the victim's information by intercepting mail which contained the victim's credit card account information.
Rivers used the information to make several large purchases, including furniture. Surveillance videos and store receipts led investigators to Rivers, who also happened to have the same items that were purchased in her home.
Rivers also plead guilty, and was sentenced to 10 years, for Exploitation of a Disabled Adult. The sentence will run concurrently with the fraud sentence.
In the exploitation case, Rivers was employed as a caretaker for two elderly and disabled women.
She took one of the victims to Vystar Credit Union to close out the victim's account but instead placed the victim's money in two separate accounts with Wachovia that she could access.
The total of the two accounts equaled the amount withdrawn from the victim's account. Rivers has been ordered to pay $56,000 in restitution to the victim.
First Coast News