Deputies: Caretaker defrauded elderly victim

Amy Dough, photo courtesy Dare County Sheriff's Office.
Amy Dough, photo courtesy Dare County Sheriff's Office.

DARE COUNTY, N.C. (WAVY) – Deputies say an 89-year-old person was the victim of fraud, and the suspect was her own caretaker.

Chief Deputy Steve Hoggard with the Dare County Sheriff’s Office said the investigation began May 6 when deputies received a complaint of fraud against the victim.

Deputies say Amy Higgins Dough, 48, of Manteo opened credit card accounts in the victim’s name and used the cards at various businesses in the Outer Banks for her own purposes. The victim lost a significant amount of money.

Dough was the victim’s caretaker. She was arrested Tuesday and charged with financial card fraud and unlawfully obtaining a credit card.

Hoggard said Dough was released on a $5,000 bond.

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