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Story published: 03-26-2013 • Print ArticleE-mail Story to a Friend

Jonesborough couple charged for elder fraud

Two Jonesborough residents were arrested last week following a lengthy investigation into their allegedly stealing at least $200,000 from two elderly people in Johnson City.

According to Johnson City police, Jama Curtis, 39, and Tony Curtis, 40, both of 1412 Mill Springs Road, were indicted by a Washington County grand jury March 21, each on theft charges as well as charges of willfully exploiting an elderly adult.

Jama Curtis reportedly was the caregiver for the two elderly adults when authorities say she wrote numerous fraudulent checks and withdrew money from their account. Although she had permission to withdraw funds for the coupleís care, it appears a large amount of money was instead used for the Curtises own everyday expenses.

Funds were also paid to a business owned by Tony Curtis for work that was neither authorized nor completed, police said.

The investigation showed at least $200,000 in fraudulent transactions were made with the victimsí account within an eight-month period.

The four-months-long investigation was led by the Johnson City Police Departmentís Criminal Investigation Division with assistance from the Tennessee Adult Protective Services and the First Judicial District Attorney Generalís Office.

Following their indictment by a grand jury, Jama and Tony Curtis were transported to the Washington County Detention Center where they were being held in lieu of a $92,000 bond each pending a Criminal Court appearance scheduled for Thursday, March 28.