Sarasota caregiver arrested charged with stealing money from disabled clients

Herald Staff ReportNovember 6, 2013 

Linda Flores

SARASOTA -- A Sarasota woman responsible for being a caregiver for disabled clients has been arrested on charges she stole money from their bank accounts, according to the Sarasota County Sheriff's Office.

Linda Baughman Flores was arrested at 10 a.m. Wednesday and charged with two counts exploitation of a disabled person or stealing more than $4,400 from the alleged victims, according to an arrest report.

Lutheran Services contacted detectives when they realized they are guardians for two people who had money missing from their accounts. The women, 42 and 68 years old, have both been declared mentally incompetent and have other medical issues, according to investigators.

Flores was co-owner of John Bird Community Supports, a company that assists the disabled with daily activities, their finances and job training, according to the report. She was listed as trustee on the victims' accounts and was responsible for paying their bills between December 2012 and May 2013.

During that time detectives say Flores electronically transferred money from their account into her own personal account, made ATM withdrawals from their accounts, and paid her electric bill from one victim's account, the sheriff's office said.

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