Amory man charged with exploitation of vulnerable person

By Press Release

An Amory man has been arrested on charges of exploitation of a vulnerable person, confirmed Attorney General Jim Hood today.

John McKissack, 55, was arrested at his home in Amory yesterday by investigators with the Attorney General’s Public Integrity Division, with assistance from Lee County Sheriff Jim Johnson, following indictment by a Lee County Grand Jury on 19 counts of exploitation of a vulnerable adult. McKissack is related to the victim who was living in a nursing home.

He is accused of taking funds from the victim’s bank account, without the victim’s consent, for his own personal use. McKissack allegedly withdrew a total of over $100,000 of the victim’s money from June 2009 through December 2010. If found guilty, McKissack faces a maximum sentence of 10 years in jail for each count of the indictment.

Mississippi statute defines a “vulnerable person” as “a person, whether a minor or adult, whose ability to perform the normal activities of daily living or to provide for his or her own care or protection from abuse, neglect, exploitation or improper sexual contact is impaired due to a mental, emotional, physical or developmental disability or dysfunction, or brain damage or the infirmities of aging. The term “vulnerable person” includes all residents or patients, regardless of age, in a care facility.”

This case will be prosecuted by the Vulnerable Adult Unit of the Mississippi Attorney General’s Office.

As with all cases, the charge is merely an accusation, and the defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.

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