Jones County resident arrested for exploitation of vulnerable person

Jackson, MS- A Jones County woman has been arrested and charged with the
felonious exploitation of a vulnerable person, announced Attorney General
Jim Hood today.

Lena Mae McGuire, age 51, of Ellisville, was arrested Friday by
investigators of the Attorney General¹s Office Public Integrity
Division/Vulnerable Adults Unit with the assistance of Mississippi
Department of Corrections Probation Office in Jones County and the Jasper
County Sheriff¹s Office. McGuire is charged with two counts exploitation of
a vulnerable person following the indictment by the Jasper County Grand
Jury.

The indictment alleges that Lena Mae McGuire ³did willfully, feloniously,
unlawfully, and knowingly exploit a vulnerable person² by taking funds,
cashing checks, and making purchases from two different bank accounts
totaling more than $23,000.

McGuire was booked into the Jasper County jail and is awaiting arraignment.
If convicted of the charges against her, she faces up to 20 years behind
bars and $20,000 in fines. As with all cases, the defendant is presumed
innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.

The case is being investigated by Shannon Spence of the Attorney General¹s
Vulnerable Adults Unit and will be prosecuted by Special Assistant Attorney
General Larry Baker.