Beaufort News

St. Helena caregiver accused of stealing from patient, 98

Priscilla Jenkins
Priscilla Jenkins

A St. Helena Island woman hired as a caregiver allegedly stole from her 98-year-old patient and has been charged with exploiting a vulnerable adult, according to the Beaufort Police Department.

Priscilla Jenkins, 49, was arrested Monday after an investigation showed she took money from the patient while caring for her at the elderly woman's home on Johnny Morrall Circle, Chief Matt Clancy said.

In one instance, Jenkins took $481, and during the course of her employment, she stole more than $2,000 from her patient, Clancy added.

Clancy said the investigative report has not yet been completed, and he did not know over what time period Jenkins cared for the woman. He would not say how Jenkins took the money.

According to the Beaufort County Detention Center log, Jenkins has been charged with breach of trust with fraudulent intent and elder abuse. She has posted $2,130 bail on the fraud charge but is being held for prosecution on the neglect charge in lieu of $50,000 bond.

The neglect charge is a felony, which can carry a maximum penalty of five years in prison, Clancy said.

Earlier this month, Beaufort County sheriff's deputies arrested two women in an unrelated incident for using stolen credit cards from a Hilton Head Island hospice patient and racking up more than $10,000 in purchases.

Hardeeville resident Shamika Smart, who worked at the Hawthorn Inn on Main Street, and her aunt, Fannette R. Housey, are accused of defrauding an 80-year-old woman.

Both were charged with financial transaction card fraud. Smart posted $50,000 bail, and Housey posted bail of $5,000, according to the Beaufort County Detention Center.