Largo police: Woman exploited mentally disabled man

A woman manipulated a mentally disabled man into giving her more than $9,000, Largo police said.

Carissa Monroe, 30, of Largo was arrested Tuesday, according to an affidavit.

The affidavit said in July the victim began receiving phone calls from a man and a woman claiming to be Largo police officers, telling him he owed fines and if he did not pay he would be arrested and sent to prison. 

The "officers" told the victim to give the money to Monroe, the affidavit said. The victim made 14 withdrawals from his bank account, totaling $9,305. The victim said after each withdrawal, he would meet with Monroe, who would text the "officers" that he had made a payment.

The victim was told not to tell anyone about the fines, but he told his father after the account was empty and the "officers" demanded another payment.

Monroe, who is being held on a charge of exploitation of the elderly or disabled adult and violation of probation for grand theft, continued to try to meet with the victim after the final demand for money, the affidavit said.

Largo police remind the public that police officers do not call residents for payment, nor do they collect fines.

The case remains under investigation.

(© 2016 WTSP)


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