Caretaker accused of stealing from elderly man, Sheriff’s Office affidavit says _lowres

Jackie Gann

A woman hired to care for an elderly man with several illnesses, including dementia, was arrested Wednesday after it was learned in March that the woman had charged close to $10,900 on his credit card, an affidavit says.

Jackie Carlene Gann, 40, was hired in May 2014 by the man’s son to care for the elderly man in his home on Banway Drive in Greenwell Springs. The son, who had power of attorney, had cancelled his father’s financial accounts. After the father’s death at age 80 in March, the son received a credit card bill for $10,853 in his father’s name, the Sheriff’s Office affidavit says.

After contacting the financial institution, the son learned the account had been reactivated in January 2015 with Gann listed as an authorized user. Many of the transactions on the account were transfers to a different account in Gann’s name, the affidavit says. When the son confronted Gann, she told him she had intended to pay the money back.

Gann of 9034 Rathmoor Ave., Baker, was booked into East Baton Rouge Parish Prison on access device fraud and theft from an elderly or disabled person.