Charleston County sheriff’s deputies arrested a woman accused of stealing more than $50,000 from a vulnerable adult she was supposed to be assisting.
Sharon Hollington, 53 of Hainesworth Drive in Charleston, is charged with exploitation of a vulnerable adult, Sheriff’s Maj. Jim Brady said.
Hollington was friends with a 57-year-old man who had trouble reading and writing, an arrest affidavit states.
She offered to help the man pay his bills and convinced him to allow her joint access to his account, deputies said.
A Sheriff’s Office investigation revealed that Hollington misused the man’s bank account when she wrote multiple checks for her own personal gain.
About $52,675 was stolen between March 2008 and August 2012, including $1,075 that went toward her rent, according to the affidavit.
At one point, the man lived with Hollington in an unkempt home on Savage Road, deputies said. The home had holes in the floor and no electricity or running water.
Hollington is being held at the Charleston County jail pending a bond hearing.