JACKSON COUNTY, MS March 31 2012 - An administrator of an Ocean Springs personal care home will serve eight years in prison for taking more than $60,000 from a elderly war veteran.
During Thursday’s sentencing, several fellow veterans came out to show support for the family of 82-year-old Donald Dahl, who has since passed away.
Assistant Attorney General Sue Perry said Melissa Elaine Webster, 41, was arrested and charged with eight counts of felony exploitation of a vulnerable adult in 2010. She ended up pleading guilty to three counts. Perry said Webster will also have to pay Dahl’s family the money she stole from their loved one.
“What happened to our father can happen to anybody if there is a person who is unethical and not honest when involved in the care of the elderly. So we are very happy,” said Dahl’s daughter, Cathy McSteen said.
The assistant attorney general said once Webster serves her eight years in prison, it will be followed by two more years of post-release supervision.