Woman charged with exploitation of an elderly person

Ashley D. Ramsey

ENID, Okla. — A 24-year-old Enid woman was arraigned Thursday on a felony charge accusing her taking money from the wallet of a 62-year-old man.

Ashley D. Ramsey appeared free on $2,500 bond for arraignment on a single felony charge of exploitation of an elderly patient. She faces up to 10 years in prison and a fine of up to $10,000 on the charge.

According to an affidavit filed in the case, Enid Police Department Officer Nicole Binckley responded Feb. 12 to the home of a man who requires home health care services.

Binkley spoke with the man, Ramsey, the man's home health care provider and two of Ramsey's supervisors, all employed by Complete Home Health.

Binckley spoke with the two supervisors, and they said Ramsey had stolen $100 from the man's wallet, according to the affidavit. One of the supervisors said they both came to the residence to confront Ramsey and when they did, Ramsey admitted to taking the money.

One of the supervisors told Binckley that Ramsey said she was going to repay the money when she got paid, according to the affidavit. While speaking to the supervisor, Binckley noted in the affidavit that Ramsey looked up at her, and without asking, said, "Yeah, I took the money."

Binckley asked the 62-year-old man what had happened. He said he asked Ramsey to go to the store and get a few items. While Ramsey was gone, he fell asleep, according to the affidavit. The man said when he woke up his wallet had been moved and was not in its normal place.

The man said when he checked the wallet $100 was missing, according to the affidavit. When he asked Ramsey about the missing money, he said she admitted to taking it.

Ramsey's direct supervisor told Binckley that Ramsey had been complaining for the past two weeks about not having enough money to pay her bills, according to the affidavit. He said he was then notified about the 62-year-old man's money being gone and when he and the other supervisor asked Ramsey about it, she admitted to taking the money.

"By the time I started talking to Ashley, Ashely had stated at least three times that she had taken the money," Binckley wrote in the affidavit. Ramsey told Binckley she had put down a deposit to rent a house but needed another $100 to secure the house.

Ramsey said she saw the money in the man's wallet and took it to pay the rest of the downpayment for the house, according to the affidavit. Ramsey said she had every intention of repaying the man when she got paid.

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Rains is police and court reporter for the Enid News & Eagle. Follow him on Twitter, @cassrains. He can be reached at crains@enidnews.com.

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