Putnam woman accused of stealing from disabled


Published: Wednesday, April 10, 2013 at 3:40 p.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, April 10, 2013 at 3:40 p.m.

A Putnam County woman has been arrested on 14 charges relating to stealing more than $20,000 from 13 disabled adults.

Tammi Marie Carnes owned Palatka-based O'Carroll Homes Inc., group homes for disabled adults, where she allegedly stole the money from its residents. According to the investigation, Carnes used these stolen funds for personal expenses, such as credit card debt and gift cards.

The Attorney General's Medicaid Fraud Control Unit arrested Carnes, with assistance from the Putnam County Sheriff's Office, on one count of organized scheme to defraud, a second-degree felony, and thirteen counts of exploitation of a disabled adult, third-degree felonies.

If convicted on all counts, Carnes faces up to 80 years in prison and $75,000 in fines.

O'Carroll Homes Inc. was closed by the Agency for Persons with Disabilities in April 2011.

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