|Opal Elaine Tillman|
Jefferson County, Ala. — Family members of an 87 year old Jefferson County woman believe her house keeper took advantage of her by isolating her from them and steeling her money.
Opal Elaine Tillman, of Morris, starting working part-time for the victim in 2011. As the victim's health started to decline, her husband allowed Tillman to assume more responsibilities. At that time, it is believed Tillman used the victim's bank account for personal gain. Family members also noticed items missing from the victim's home. When they asked her husband, he told them Tillman convinced them to let her sell the items. Tillman said she would put the money into their account, but not deposits were found.
After complaints from the family, the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office began investigating in December of 2014. The investigation revealed cash and property exceeding $60,000 had been stolen. On November 4, 2015, a warrant for the arrest of Tillman was issued. She was arrested and charged with Financial Exploitation of the Elderly. Tillman has since posted $30,000 bond and was released from jail.
Investigators with the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office believe Tillman may be connected to additional crimes in Jefferson County. If you have information, call investigators at (205) 325-1450.
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