Caretaker, Boyfriend Stole Thousands From Elderly Woman: BSO

Couple facing exploitation, theft, fraud charges for stealing from 88-year-old woman

By Brian Hamacher
|  Wednesday, Sep 5, 2012  |  Updated 2:17 PM EDT
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Peggy Sue Chormicle and Kelvin Butler

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A South Florida caretaker and her boyfriend are facing charges after authorities say they stole thousands of dollars from an elderly Pompano Beach woman who was in her care.

Peggy Sue Chormicle, 50, and Kelvin Butler, 52, were arrested Tuesday on charges of exploitation of the elderly, grand theft and uttering a forged instrument, according to Broward Sheriff's Office arrest affidavits.

According to the affidavits, Chormicle was employed as the 88-year-old woman's caretaker and gave her transportation for errands and doctor's appointments.

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Beginning in December 2011, Chormicle and Butler used the victim's credit and debit cards to make unauthorized purchases and withdrawals of approximately $20,000, the affidavits said.

The couple made over 100 withdrawals from an ATM between December 2011 and June 2012 at all hours of the day, the affidavits said.

In addition, Chormicle and Butler endorsed the victim's personal checks to themselves and cashed them, according to the affidavits.

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"It was evident that the defendant knew the the victim's health was declining and she took advantage of the opportunity to defraud the victim," one affidavit said.

Both Chormicle and Butler were being held on $21,000 bond, and it was unknown whether they have attorneys.

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