Woman in custody a year after arrest warrants issued for financial exploitation

Published: Jun. 19, 2013 at 2:40 PM EDT|Updated: Jun. 23, 2013 at 2:40 PM EDT
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Lisa McClain (Source: BCSO)
Lisa McClain (Source: BCSO)

BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WECT) – The fifth, and final, woman accused of stealing more than $260,000 from a Leland man's checking account is finally in custody – nearly a year after arrest warrants were issued.

According to the Brunswick County Sheriff's Office, Lisa McClain, of Fair Bluff, is in custody for several charges, including financial exploitation of an elderly person, felony conspiracy, and financial card theft.

Kenneth Ray Nash told authorities in October 2011 that someone had taken over his personal checking account, according to a post on the Sheriff's Office website.

After a 10-month investigation by the fraud unit, over 1,600 bank transactions were used to identify an in-home health care worker who was assigned to work for Nash by a home health care company.

According to officials, McClain took cash, prescription pain medications and checking account information from Nash during her employment.

McClain also reportedly enlisted help from several friends in order to create a debt consolidation, or bill-pay service, using Nash's funds.

In June 2012, four women turned themselves in to authorities in connection to the crimes.

Monica Machelle Frazier, Maria Shaw Sloan, Velda Denis Barnhill and Pamela Denis Springer were all charged with:

• Obtaining Property by False Pretenses

• Felony Accessing Computers

• Felony Conspiracy

• Continuing Criminal Enterprise

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