CHEBOYGAN, MI – The Cheboygan County Sheriff’s Department received a complaint on February 27th, 2018, regarding alleged fraudulent use of credit cards by a caregiver.
The investigation revealed that Christina Lynn Long 42-years-old, from Cheboygan, was a caregiver hired by a senior citizen to assist with general duties around the house. “The victim, a 91-year-old woman, from Inverness Township, had hired Christina Long about 6 years ago on a part time basis,” said Cheboygan County Sheriff Dale Clarmont.
Recently her son had become concerned since he was not receiving credit card bills from his mother. “The victim’s son started to look into the situation and realized for the last three months starting in December 2017 there was suspicious activity on three credit cards and filed a complaint,” said Clarmont.
Sheriff Clarmont stated after an extensive investigation and several search warrants being executed to local businesses and credit card companies, it is alleged that Christina Long fraudulently used the victim’s credit cards over 30 times.
The Sheriff also stated there was several hundred dollars in cash unaccounted for. “The victim would write a check to pay an invoice locally and the bill would not get paid but the check would get cashed,” said Clarmont.
Because of the investigation the Prosecutor’s Office issued an arrest warrant for Christina Long. She has been charged with Embezzlement from a vulnerable adult, a five year felony; two counts of using a financial transaction device (credit card), 4 year felonies; and larceny by conversion over $200.00 a one year misdemeanor.
Christina Long was arrested on June 14th, 2018, and was arraigned on the charges. She posted bond and her next court date is June 25, 2018.