FORSYTH, Ga. -- A Forsyth woman was arrested Tuesday for reportedly exploiting at least 11 elderly or disabled adults by running an unlicensed personal care home under poor living conditions.
According to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation, 39-year-old Michelle Oliver was charged with felony exploitation and intimidation of disabled adults, elder persons, and residents, felony neglect of a disabled adult, elder person, and resident and for operating an unlicensed personal care home.
During an investigation, which began in July, it was discovered that residents who rented Albany apartments from Oliver were begging for food.
From there, state and local agencies searched those apartments near South Jackson St. and Flintside Dr. Because of the living conditions, the units were condemned.
Seven elderly and/or disabled adults were received medical attention by Dougherty County EMS and the Georgia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities then were relocated to licensed facilities, according to the GBI.
When Oliver was arrested in her home on River Overlook in Forsyth, authorities found four more elderly and/or disabled adults living there. They were also relocated.
The Albany Police Department, Dougherty County District Attorney’s Office, Prosecuting Attorneys Council, Office of Attorney General-Medicare Fraud Control Unit, Dougherty County Sheriff’s Office, Albany Transit Authority, Southwest Georgia Council on Aging and the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office all assisted the GBI in the investigation.
The case is still ongoing and more charges against Oliver are expected.
Those with information about the investigation should contact GBI office in Sylvester at 229-777-2080.