The Bartow County Sheriff’s Office has charged a Cartersville couple with more than 100 counts of fraud stemming from a 2015 financial investigation.
According to Sheriff Clark Millsap, the Bartow County Sheriff’s Office received a report from an attorney in Ringgold, Georgia about a fraud investigation in December 2015. The attorney alleged that his adult disabled client, of Cartersville, had been a victim to more than $68,000 of theft from his checking account during a four month period in 2015. The attorney reported that his client had been released from a care facility and came under the care of Stacey and Leonardo Yarbrough of Cartersville. The Yarbrough’s operated a group home for men and housed the victim from May until September in 2015, when the group location caught fire. The victim’s family took custody of him and as a result in examining his bank account, discovered numerous unauthorized transactions on the victim’s account. The family contacted the attorney, who in turn notified the sheriff’s office.
The investigation revealed that the Yarbrough’s had used the victims money to pay for items such as car service, expensive jewelry, electronics and made purchases while on vacation in Florida during the four-month span. Sheriff Millsap states that Stacey Lanette Yarbrough, 45, and Leonardo Antoine Yarbrough, 42, were arrested on Monday May 9, 2016 and both are currently being held in the Bartow County Jail on 133 counts of financial transaction card fraud (each).