WALB.com, South Georgia News, Weather, SportsALBANY, GA (WALB) - Agents with the Georgia Bureau of Investigation made an arrest in a multi-county investigation of the exploitation of disabled or elderly adults.
Michelle Oliver, 39, was arrested Tuesday at her home in Forsyth after investigators with several agencies searched a personal care facility in Albany.
Oliver has been transported to the Dougherty County Jail and will have her first court appearance Thursday morning.
to officials, the investigation began in July when neighbors told
police that residents renting from Oliver were begging for food.
the search at the homes at South Jackson Street and Flintside Drive,
seven disabled or elderly adults were found. They were treated by EMS
and Georgia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental
Disabilities and relocated to licensed facilities.
The apartments were condemned by Albany Code Enforcement because of the living conditions.
officials searched Oliver's home in Forsyth and a residence connected
to Oliver in Macon, seven additional elderly or disabled adults were
found. They were all relocated.
Oliver is facing charges 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
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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