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Hephzibah Woman Accused of Exploiting Elderly Man


Authorities have charged a Hephzibah woman with exploiting a 95-year-old Augusta man who she was hired to help.

Teri Rebeka Watts, 39, was charged Wednesday with exploitation of elderly or disabled person.

A nephew of the elderly man hired Watts in 2012 to perform duties around the man’s house and make any errands needed, according to a sheriff’s report. Last August, as the elderly victim was being treated for a heart attack at a local hospital, the nephew began looking through bank statements and realized Watts had made several withdrawals from his uncle’s account. When the nephew spoke to his elderly uncle, he learned the transactions were not authorized.

Watts was arrested on a warrant Wednesday and was held in the Richmond County Jail without bond.

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Greg Rickabaugh
Greg Rickabaugh
Greg Rickabaugh is an award-winning crime reporter in the Augusta-Aiken area with experience writing for The Augusta Chronicle, The Augusta Press and serving as publisher of The Jail Report. Rickabaugh is a 1994 graduate of the University of South Carolina and has appeared on several crime documentaries on the Investigation Discovery channel.
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