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Arrest made in multi-county disabled & elderly exploitation case

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A Forsyth woman has been arrested and charged in connection to a multi-county investigation involving the exploitation of disabled and elderly adults.

GBI officials say in a release that 39-year-old Michelle Oliver was arrested Tuesday and charged for exploitation and intimidation of disabled adults, elder persons, and residents (felony); neglect of a disabled adult, elder person, and resident (felony); and for operating an unlicensed personal care home (misdemeanor).

The investigation started back in July after residents of South Jackson Street and Flintside Drive informed Albany police that people living in nearby apartments rented by Oliver were begging for food. The GBI says that this led to search warrants being executed on the apartments by law enforcement. Seven elderly and/or disabled adults were triaged by Dougherty County EMS and the Georgia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities then relocated to a licensed care facility. The apartments were later condemned by Albany Code Enforcement due to living conditions.

Search warrants were also executed at Oliver's home in Forsyth according to the GBI, where she was taken into custody and the four elderly/disabled adults at the home were moved to a licensed facility.

That search led officers to another residence connected to Oliver, this time in Bibb County. In that home, officers found three more elderly/disabled adults and have relocated them to a licensed facility.

The GBI says that the investigation is still active and more charges against Oliver are expected. Anyone with information about the case is asked to call the GBI office in Sylvester at 229-777-2080.


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