Century Couple Sentenced In Connection With Financial Exploitation Of Elderly Woman

April 15, 2014

A Century husband and wife have been sentenced on charges related the financial exploitation of an elderly woman.

Lashonda  Marsha Johnson, 42,  pleaded no contest to felony exploitation of an elderly person. Judge E.P. Nickinson withheld adjudication and sentenced Johnson to 18 months probation, ordered her to stay away from alcohol and controlled substances and ordered her to find a job. She was also ordered to pay $500 in fines.

Eric Russel Johnson, 44,  pleaded no contest to a lesser charge of second degree petit theft. Nickinson withheld adjudication and fined Johnson $500.

The Escambia County Sheriff’s Office said Lashonda Johnson worked for Granny Nannies as a certified nursing assistant for the victim at the time of the alleged crime in 2011.

After the Johnson’s were denied a loan in December 2011 to purchase a 2011 Buick Lacrosse, Eric Johnson returned to Pen Air Federal Credit Union with his wife’s elderly client and used the elderly woman’s good credit to obtain a $28,583 loan as a co-signer, deputies said. The elderly woman, according to an arrest report, lacked the physical and mental capacity to consent to the loan.

In March 2013, the elderly woman’s son discovered the loan and contact sheriff’s investigators.  According to an arrest report, Eric Johnson returned to Pen Air  in April 2012 to refinance the vehicle only in his name. The vehicle was later returned to the credit union after Eric Johnson filed bankruptcy.


6 Responses to “Century Couple Sentenced In Connection With Financial Exploitation Of Elderly Woman”

  1. Betty H on April 17th, 2014 7:04 am

    I thought a bonded company had to cover this kind of theft from employees…Should have been a way worse punishment….IMO

  2. riverron on April 16th, 2014 4:05 am

    It seems like Granny Nannies would have to cover the lost. They should be responsible for workers they sent into homes.

  3. BT on April 15th, 2014 8:31 pm

    The judge ordered her to find a job? That’s some serious punishment!

  4. tsg on April 15th, 2014 7:02 pm

    Had almost same thing happen to my elderly mother except it was 3 credit cards that the care giver maxed out and all she got was probation and ordered to pay restitution..The amount of the credit cards was $14000 we received our first restitution payment it was $9.32 if that’s not a joke that woman is making a joke out of the judge as far as I’m concerned

  5. mick on April 15th, 2014 4:04 pm

    A slap on the wrist, this is not justice.

  6. 429SCJ on April 15th, 2014 4:26 am

    They are fortunate the victim’s son decided to turn the matter over to the sheriffs department.