Written by Tom Knighton
Monday’s arrest of 40 year old Susan Taylor, a branch manager and former branch team leader of Regions Bank, shook many Albanians to their core. The victim was 95 year old Greta Rogers. Taylor was allegedly funneling money from a CD into a checking account where she would then withdraw the money for her own ends.
The fact that there was a crime committed was only learned about well after the fact when, according to Dougherty County Sheriff’s Office investigators, the victim’s niece paid a visit to Judge Stephens in probate court while seeking a power of attorney. Reportedly, the niece wanted to see what was going on with her aunt’s finances.
Captain Craig Dodd notes that Regions’ investigators were extremely cooperative, and said that there doesn’t seem to be any evidence thus far of any other accounts having been tampered with. “There were some extenuating circumstances that weren’t there until a year ago,” Dodd said.
When asked if there was anything else the public needed to know, Dodd said, “One thing the public needs to know is that if you have seniors, keep in touch with them. Ask them about their finances and let them know this is the reason this is why.”
Dodd points out that many people don’t’ realize how many people out there basically predators. They look for older people who don’t keep an eye on their finances. “It’s important to remember who took care of us, and may need us to take care of them now,” Dodd said.
In today’s world of high technology existing that outstrips what many elderly people are remotely familiar with, they become potential targets for a wide variety of scams. “It’s happening a great deal these days. A lot of seniors are victims of ID theft, internet and phone scams, etc,” Dodd said.
Dodd urged family members of the elderly to get involved with their loved ones and to ask questions so as to prevent another event like this happening again.