Bell County woman charged with elder abuse, forgery, and theft charges
From the Bell County Sheriff's Department -
On Monday, December 23, 2019 Bell County Deputy Edward Dray responded to a residence on Bill Lynch Lane in regard to a complaint of elder abuse, forgery, and theft.
The daughter of the man who lived at the home stated that his caregiver, 70 year old Loraine Hoskins of Calvin, had been "writing bad checks in his name".
Through Deputy Dray's investigation it was determined that an agreement was made that Hoskins would be William Lynch's caregiver and his transportation in exchange for her living in the home free, not charged for utilities, and included "no payroll".
Further investigation revealed that Hoskins had been using Lynch's personal account to write checks to herself totaling over $3,000, all of which bounced. She also filled prescriptions in Lynch's name which he never received and allowed relatives among others to live in the home - one of which had just been released from jail on Methamphetamine trafficking charges.
Hoskins also neglected to clean the home as agreed allowing garbage to build up inside and outside the residence, did not purchase groceries, allowed Lynch's phone to be disconnected, and shut off power to the home, all while he was in the residence. His family stated that during this time he had shown to have lost over thirty pounds attributed to the neglect.
After a forcible eviction on Hoskins, and the other unapproved individuals, multiple syringes and empty Neurontin prescription bottles were located, especially in the bedroom Loraine Hoskins occupied.
On Wednesday, January 29, 2020 Loraine Hoskins was arrested and lodged in the Bell County Detention Center charged with elderly abuse, six counts of criminal possession of a forged instrument -1st Degree, and six counts of theft by deception under $500.00.