Lawrenceville accused of stealing elderly mother’s money, leading to eviction

Melissa Gibson (Special Photo)

A Lawrenceville woman arrested this week is accused of stealing all her mother’s money in April, leading to the elderly woman’s eviction.

Melissa Gibson, 30, was supposed to buy her mother money orders when she took her bank card on April 25 at around 2:30 p.m. Her mother said she was going to use the money orders to pay rent and her cell phone bill.

But Gibson didn’t return to her mother’s Duluth home for a while and the elderly woman got “a feeling that she needed to call” her bank, according to a police report.

“Once she spoke with (the bank), they informed her (that) her account was (at) negative $11,” responding Officer D.J. Fields wrote in the report.

Gibson’s mother told police she got a check that day for $1,025, just like she did every third Wednesday of the month. She knew her account would have had at least that much in it when Gibson took her card.

It might have had a little more.

This likely wasn’t an isolated incident, according to the police report. The property manager where the elderly woman lived said she only saw Gibson on the third Wednesday of every month — when her mother got paid.

The elderly woman’s mother told police a similar story.

“She told how Melissa takes (her mother’s) money, leaves for a while and comes back to do it again when (her mother) gets paid,” according to the police report.

Officials took out warrants for Gibson’s arrest on May 31, charging her with exploitation of a disabled adult, financial transaction card fraud and financial transaction card theft. But they didn’t catch back up with her until the early hours of Thursday morning.

A Gwinnett County Police officer pulled Gibson over for a routine traffic stop at about 2 a.m. The license plate on the car she was driving wasn’t illuminated properly. Actually, the plate shouldn’t have been on her car at all — it had been improperly removed from another vehicle, according to warrants.

Gibson also had prescription drugs that weren’t prescribed to her in the car.

Gibson was booked into Gwinnett County jail on Thursday at 3:12 a.m. She’s being held on $21,000 and hadn’t bonded out as of Thursday evening.

UGA class of 2014 grad working at the Daily Post since November 2016.

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