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4:37 am
Sat April 7, 2012

Okmulgee caregiver accused of financial exploitation

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Attorney General Scott Pruitt's office says a woman who allegedly coerced money from her developmentally disabled patients has been charged with three counts of financial exploitation.

The Attorney General's Medicaid Fraud Control Unit says an arrest warrant has been issued for 49-year-old Barbara Mangum of Okmulgee. The charges were filed on Thursday in Okmulgee County District Court.

Court records do not list an attorney for Mangum.

Pruitt's office says Mangum is a licensed developmental direct care aide and long-term care aide. She allegedly coerced her clients into giving her money on four separate occasions between September and October — then told them to keep quiet about it.

If convicted, Mangum could face up to 10 years in prison, a fine of $10,000 for each count of financial exploitation or both.