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Pike woman, daughters charged with defrauding disabled elderly man

By Rachel McDaniel A Williamson woman is being held without bond in the Marion County jail after she was charged with exploitation of a disabled adult, theft by taking and two counts of theft by conversion. Authorities executed a search warrant at the 162 Purser Circle home Nov. 8 as part of a GBI investigation in which she allegedly scammed an elderly man and paid for her two daughter’s college tuition with his money. Kathryn ‘Kit’ Dawsey, 54, and her two daughters face counts of exploitation of a disabled adult and theft by conversion for their treatment of a 91-year-old man from Buena Vista. Kelsey Dawsey, 19, turned herself into the Pike County Sheriff’s Office Nov. 10 and her sister Patricia Dawsey, 22, turned herself into the Marion County Sheriff’s Office Nov. 11. Both daughters face one count of exploitation of a disabled adult and two counts of theft by conversion. The daughters are Berry College students. The two college students’s bonds were set at $50,000. The three women were being held in the Marion County Jail after two of them were transferred from the Pike County Jail. The GBI’s investigation into the alleged exploitation case began July 22 and while an unknown amount of money had been taken from the Buena Vista man, at least part of it was used to pay for tuition at Berry College for Kathryn Dawsey’s two daughters. Kathryn Dawsey met and befriended the 91-year-old and talked him into to giving her his power of attorney. She began using his money and property earlier in 2013. A court order issued in September was to restrict Dawsey from using his finances, but she continued to make transactions from his account. At least $1,400 was taken since Sept. 26. More to follow…

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