Verdict reached in Albany elderly expliotation trial

Verdict reached in Albany elderly expliotation trial
Published: Sep. 8, 2022 at 4:03 PM EDT|Updated: Sep. 9, 2022 at 12:44 PM EDT
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ALBANY, Ga. (WALB) - The verdict was reached Thursday afternoon in the trial of a woman charged with abusing and ripping off elderly and disabled people through an unlicensed personal care home in South Albany.

Michelle Oliver was found guilty on all counts. She will be sentenced on Friday.

After the verdict, Oliver lashed out in court in her own defense. She represented herself at the trial.

“It was over time of them ganging up on my business because I refused to allow them to take my clients’ checks. I changed my address so they couldn’t get the clients’ checks. When I made one move, they made two. The gangs infiltrated my business from on the inside,” Oliver said.

Even though Oliver blamed gangs, the judge fired back, saying none of that information came out in court.

She was charged with racketeering, 61 counts of exploitation or neglect of a disabled person and one count of operating an unlicensed personal care home and was arrested in September 2017.

She was given a 20-year sentence with the first seven years to be served in prison.