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Caregiver is accused of elderly exploitation

BROOKSVILLE — An anonymous tip earlier this week has led to the arrest of a Lakeland woman on charges of exploiting the Spring Hill woman for whom she was caring.

The Hernando County Sheriff's Office said that, prior to the tip, it had been seeking Kelly Dunn, 44, of Lakeland since July.

Dunn was discovered by deputies at a residence on Allwood Street in Spring Hill. She is facing charges of trafficking in oxycodone, exploitation of the elderly, fraudulent use of a credit card and dealing in stolen property, a Sheriff's Office report said.

Authorities believe that over a six-month period, Dunn used the credit card of the 74-year-old woman she was caring for to buy about $5,600 worth of gas, food, groceries, clothing, beauty supplies, plane tickets and vacations. She also took items from the woman's home, the report said.

Multiple attempts to locate Dunn in Hernando County were made, but she eventually fled to Lakeland, authorities said.

According to the report, Dunn was in possession of about 21/4 ounces of oxycodone when she was arrested. She was taken to Hernando County Detention Center, where she was held Thursday in lieu of $50,000 bail.

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