Caregiver Charged With Financial Exploitation

A Beggs woman could face prison time if convicted of allegations that she coerced money from developmentally disabled patients.The Oklahoma Attorney General's Office says 49-year-old Barbara Mangum of Beggs was charged Thursday in Okmulgee County District Court with three counts of financial exploitation.Mangum, a licensed developmental direct care aide and long-term care aide with Country Lane, is accused of coercing her clients to give her money on four separate occasions between September and October, then instructed them to be silent.The charges followed an investigation by the Attorney General's Medicaid Fraud Control Unit.If convicted, Mangum could spend ten years in prison and could also face a fine of up to ten-thousand dollars for each count of financial exploitation.