Jackson, MS–An Enid resident is going to prison for exploitation of a
vulnerable person in Tallahatchie County, announced Attorney General Jim
Heather Cox, 37, pleaded guilty to one count exploitation of a vulnerable
person Monday in Tallahatchie County Circuit Court before the Honorable
Judge Jimmy McClure. Cox was sentenced to five years, four suspended and
one to serve, in the custody of the Mississippi Department of Corrections.
She will also be placed on four years post release supervision once released
and must pay restitution in the amount of $7,625, a $500 fine, and $1,000 to
the Mississippi crime victim’s compensation fund.
Cox admitted to randomly targeting the victim in order to get money from
her. Cox convinced the victim, a Charleston resident, that she needed
repairs to her home and convinced the victim to hire her to make the
repairs, which were unnecessary. Cox was advised by local law enforcement
of the victim’s deteriorating mental state and told not to return to the
victim’s home. A short time later, Cox went to the bank with the victim to
try and cash another check.
“Our local law enforcement and community partners play a key role in
uncovering these crimes for us,” said Attorney General Hood.
The case was investigated by Russell Frazier and prosecuted by Special
Assistant Attorney General Marvin Sanders of the Attorney General’s
Vulnerable Adults Unit.