CCSO: Caretaker does $8000 in unauthorized shopping

CCSO: Caretaker does $8000 in unauthorized shopping

CRAIGHEAD COUNTY, AR (KAIT) - Gift cards, a new TV and a bed.  Just some of the items a Monette woman is accused of buying with a credit card that was supposed to be used to help care for an elderly woman.

Crystal D. Gibbons was charged with fraudulent use of a debit or credit card in Craighead County District Court on Thursday.  Investigators with the Craighead County Sheriff's Department said Gibbons did roughly $8000 in online shopping that she was not authorized to do.

Court documents say Gibbons was a caretaker for an elderly woman in Monette.  Gary Etter, the investigator of the case, says Gibbons was given a debit card from the woman's son-in-law to use to buy groceries and other incidentals the woman may need.  However, court documents show Gibbons spent thousands of dollars shopping online.  Her shopping list included items from Best Buy and Walmart.  She even had the items delivered to her home in Monette.

Gibbons was released after posting bond. She is due back in court on May 30.

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