Columbus woman pleads to stealing $80K from parents


Darlene McKinley Thompson

Darlene McKinley Thompson



Dispatch Staff Report



A Columbus woman will spend five years in prison after she pleaded guilty last week to stealing $80,000 from her parents.


Darlene McKinley Thompson, 59, pleaded to exploitation of a vulnerable adult in Lowndes County Circuit Court Friday, according to an Attorney General's Office press release. Judge Jim Kitchens sentenced Thompson to 10 years in Mississippi Department of Corrections, with five years to serve and five suspended.


Thompson's parents are now deceased, the press release said.



"Unfortunately, these types of cases are more common, and they are often difficult to prove due to the victim's medical state and because family members may eventually have a right to the funds," said Attorney General Jim Hood in the press release. "It's important for families to make sure they are taking proper measures before drawing money from a loved one's account, such as having in writing who has access and by keeping a check on the bank account activity to prevent fraud by another family member."





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