Fugitive accused of ripping off a senior citizen

LAS VEGAS (KTNV) - The Clark County District Attorney's Office would like your help finding a former personal care employee accused of violating the trust of a senior citizen she was hired to take care of.

According to District Attorney Steve Wolfson, Lanique Pettus cashed checks she wrote to herself from the account of an unsuspecting senior citizen to the tune of about $10,000.

Because of that, Pettus is wanted on 16 counts of felony forgery, 16 counts of fraudulent use of a debit card, and one count of exploitation of an older person.

Fortunately, Wolfson says the ripoff only lasted about a month.

"The victim's daughter noticed the fraudulent activity on her dad's bank account and asked her father, 'What's with all these checks?' and he said, 'I didn't do this and didn't give her permission,'" Wolfson explained. "So the daughter of the victim contacted the Henderson Police Department."

13 Action News Crime and Safety Expert, retired police Lt. Randy Sutton, says crimes against seniors get extra attention from local law enforcement.

"This is one of those crimes that Metro and other police agencies take this crime really seriously," Sutton said. "They actually have special units that will investigate these crimes and prosecute them."

If you have any information on Lanique Pettus, or any other fugitive, call Crime Stoppers at 702-385-5555. 

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