The Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office has arrested a woman entrusted with caring for disabled clients for transferring money from their bank accounts to hers.
Lutheran Services contacted detectives after noticing money was missing from the accounts of two women, 42 and 68 years old, for whom Lutheran Services is guardian, since both are declared mentally incompetent and have other medical issues.
Linda Baughman Flores, DOB 10/1/57, 1228 S. Shade Avenue, Sarasota, was co-owner of John Bird Community Supports, a company that assists the disabled with daily activities. Flores was listed as Trustee on the victims’ accounts and was responsible for paying their bills, but between December 2012 and May 2013, detectives found Flores electronically transferred their money into her own personal account, made ATM withdrawals from their accounts, and paid her electric bill from one victim’s account.
Flores was arrested yesterday and charged with two felony counts of Exploitation of a Disabled Person for stealing more than $4,400 from the victims.