An investigation into unauthorized charges on the credit card of an elderly woman who died recently led to the arrest of two Pine Bluff women, including one who had reportedly been a caregiver for the victim.
Daphane Johnson, 37, and her daughter, Tieasha Johnson, 20, reportedly admitted making some of the charges on the card, Deputy Prosecutor Maxie Kizer said during a court hearing Friday.
Kizer said the woman died at a nursing home and when her daughter started reviewing bank statements and credit card receipts, noticed that there were unauthorized charges.
Detective Bill Wiegand reported that Daphane Johnson had been a caregiver for the victim before being fired, and when Johnson was interviewed, reportedly admitted using the card to buy three laptop computers.
She denied making other charges on the card, Wiegand said in the probable cause affidavit, but reportedly told police that her daughter might have made them.
When Tieasha Johnson was interviewed, she reportedly admitted using the card 12 times to make purchases.
Kizer said police found 11 additional charges on the card that Daphane Johnson and Tieasha Johnson denied making.
Pine Bluff District Judge John Kearney set a $5,000 bond for Daphane Johnson and Tieasha Johnson, and told them to come back to court April 12.
The Public Defender’s Office was appointed to represent both.