The Jefferson County Sheriff's Office is searching for a Birmingham man accused of stealing more than $40,000 from an elderly family member who was in a nursing home. The suspect charged is 44-year-old Jarvis Terence Taylor with elder abuse-financial exploitation.
Chief Deputy Randy Christian said Taylor, of Ensley, regularly visited his uncle at a nursing home in the Bessemer area. He reportedly gained access to his uncle's State ID card and then was able to have the bank issue a debit card on his uncle's accounts. Christian said Taylor then withdrew more than $40,000 from the uncle's account.
Christian also said that he had spent considerable time in Louisiana casinos where he was able to withdraw funds and gamble with the debit card. It appears that he loved to gamble and yet was not very good at it, Christian added.
It was also learned that Taylor is wanted in Georgia for a probation violation relating to a felony theft by deception and financial ID fraud charges. The victim there is also thought to have been a family member.
Under previous laws, it had to be proven that a victim was mentally incapacitated in some way and a court had deemed it so. The suspects also had to be a caretaker, such as a nurse, doctor or someone with power of attorney. (Birmingham Lights)
Under the new law, victims must be at least 60 years old, but can be living on their own and still making their own decisions. It must be shown they have been physically or emotionally abused or neglected, or exploited financially. The suspects can be anyone, not just relatives or caretakers. (Ibid)
Taylor's bond is set at $30,000.
Anyone who has information concerning this fugitive's whereabouts should call either investigator Van Vactor of the Columbia County, Ga. Sheriff's Office at 706-541-2800 or Chief Deputy Randy Christian at the Jefferson County, Ala. Sheriff's Office 205-325-1450.