A Franklin County woman is accused of stealing $20,000 from a disabled Korean War veteran and his disabled son, a former Marine.
Cammie Henson, 43, was arrested Wednesday on two charges of knowingly exploiting an adult for more than $300 and two counts of being a persistent felony offender, Franklin County Sheriff Pat Melton said.
Henson worked as a caregiver in Franklin County to Jack Browning Sr., who had been a prisoner of war for more than three years in Korea, and his son Jack Browning Jr., a former Marine who was severely injured in a motorcycle accident. The two men required around-the-clock care. The elder Browning died in June.
Henson would pad her time cards and record extra expenses she never incurred, said Gina Browning, who is married to Jack Browning Sr.'s son Taggett Browning. Gina Browning said her mother-in-law, the men's primary caregiver, died in November 2010. Henson had helped with the men before, so Gina Browning decided to hire her as the main caregiver. Gina Browning said she began to investigate Henson's recordkeeping after a tip from another caregiver.
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Melton said Henson admitted to investigators that she had taken the money.
"This was two guys who had served honorably to defend their country," Melton said. "For someone to do that, it's just horrible. They deserve better."