Hardeeville Woman accused of stealing credit cards from hospice patient

info@islandpacket.comMarch 1, 2013 

A Hardeeville woman accused of stealing and using credit cards belonging to an elderly hospice patient on Hilton Head Island failed to turn herself in to authorities Thursday.

The Beaufort County Sheriff's Office on Friday asked the public for help finding 31-year-old Shamika K. Smart.

An 80-year-old Hilton Head woman staying at the Hawthorne Inn on Main Street, where Smart worked, reported three credit cards missing Jan. 21, a Sheriff's Office news release said.

An investigation found that Smart and her aunt, 51-year-old Fannette R. Housey, used the cards to make purchases totaling more than $10,000, according to the release.

Smart was a medical technician at Hawthorne Inn and was entrusted with caring for the woman, the release said.

Housey was charged Feb. 15 with one count of financial transaction fraud and was released on bond. Smart had arranged to turn herself in to investigators Thursday but did not show up, according to the release. She is wanted on one count of exploitation of a vulnerable adult. Her last known address is Bush Avenue in Hardeeville. She is black, about 5-foot-3 and 125 pounds.

Investigators ask anyone with information about Smart's whereabouts to call Sgt. L. Albertin at 843-255-3413; Crime Stoppers at 1-888-CRIME-SC (274-6372); or text the word TIPSC with a message to CRIMES (274637).

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