A McMinn County woman is accused of stealing from the elderly couple she was supposed to be caring for, and making meth in their home.
According to McMinn County Sheriff Joe Guy, a grand jury indicted Angela Diane Bentley, 49, of Athens, on 1 count of Manufacturing Methamphetamine, 1 count of Reckless Endangerment, 1 count of Violation of Meth Precursor Amounts, 6 counts of Fraudulent Use of a Credit Card, 1 count of Possession of Schedule II Narcotics, 1 count of Possession of Schedule IV Narcotics, 1 count of Theft Under $500, and 1 count of Theft Over $1000.
The investigation started on September 10, when deputies responded to a call about a fire in a garbage truck. Sheriff Guy said the fire was traced to a bag that contained what looked like meth components. Investigators traced the contents of the trash bag to Bentley, and the home of the couple she was hired to take care of.
"The response and follow up by our officers was outstanding," said Sheriff Joe Guy. "Their hard and diligent work was what solved this case."
At the house, a detective saw two women dumping trash that was later found to contain meth components. A few days later, detectives spoke with the two women, Rebecca Torbett and Angela Bentley.
"As the detectives spoke with both females, it was discovered that Ms. Torbett had been employed as a caregiver to the elderly Kimbrough couple for only a few days, but that Ms. Bentley had been working for them for several months," said Sheriff Guy. "We had previously received information that Ms. Bentley was taking money from the Kimbroughs."
Detectives found controlled substances in Bentley's car and purse, along with the couple's personal information and drivers licence. They determined that she had been using their ATM card to take money from their bank account.
"It was no surprise that the Grand Jury issued an indictment in this case," said Sheriff Guy. "It is simply a heinous crime to pose as a caregiver to the elderly, all the while stealing from them and possibly using their residence to make meth."
Sheriff Guy added that Bentley has previous criminal records involving drugs and thefts.
Bentley is being held at the McMinn County Justice Center on $150,000 bond.