By Joe Johnson
A Braselton woman has been arrested on charges of felony financial exploitation of an elderly person after investigators determined she stole more than $100,000 from an elderly couple in Barrow County, according to the Hall County Sheriff’s Office.
Sheriff's investigator determined that 28-year-old
Hailey Starr Mauldin was acting as an in-home caregiver for a 68-year-old Barrow County woman who had health issues. Mauldin befriended the woman and her husband, and eventually she was able to assume the role of the woman’s power of attorney, the sheriff's office said.
According to investigators, Mauldin had known the victims for a couple of years, the sheriff's office said, but the alleged thefts occurred in 2022. They said Mauldin convinced the couple to sell their home in Barrow County and move to Hall County into a residence she told them was lease-to-own.
However, Mauldin had only rented the home.
According to the sheriff's office, and evidence uncovered in the case also showed that Mauldin gained access to a bank account belonging to the couple and used their money for personal purchases, and also obtained a loan in the female victim’s name and leased a vehicle in the male victim’s name.
A relative of the male victim alerted law enforcement to the criminal activity.
Mauldin was arrested Monday by HCSO investigators.
She was being held without bail being set at the Hall County Jail.