By: Patti Weaver

(Stillwater, Okla.) — A 41-year-old Stillwater woman, who was employed by Elara Caring as a home health aide, has been accused of financially exploiting a 95-year-old woman by allegedly using the victim’s debit card to make a total of $1,533.89 of unauthorized charges at the Walmart store on N. Perkins Road.

Former Drumright resident Miranda Lynn Long remains free on $20,000 bail pending her arraignment on Oct. 6 with an attorney on a charge of financial exploitation of a vulnerable adult, a felony punishable by up to a 10-year prison term and a $10,000 fine on conviction, court records show.

When Long was interviewed by Stillwater Police Detective Richard Leport on Aug. 3, she admitted making the charges on the woman’s debit card, but said she had permission from the 95-year-old woman to use her card, an affidavit said.

An investigation had begun on July 9 when the woman reported to police that her credit union debit card was missing from her Stillwater apartment and “there had been several charges made on the missing card,” Leport wrote in his affidavit.

The 95-year-old woman, who has difficulty hearing and vision problems, “named her Elara Caring Home Health Aide/Personal Care Aide Miranda Long as the person who possibly took her card and made the fraudulent charges,” the affidavit said.

Long has been charged with using the victim’s debit card to make fraudulent charges listed as $624.98 on May 27, $778.29 on July 2, and $130.62 on July 3, all at the Walmart on N. Perkins Road.

On July 21, the detective met with an Elara Caring supervisor, who positively identified the female customer on Walmart surveillance videos “as her employee Miranda Long,” the affidavit alleged. The 95-year-old woman had signed a credit union cardholder disputed item statement on July 15, the affidavit said.