HANAHAN, SC (WCSC) - Hanahan police arrested a 31-year-old woman on Nov. 5 on charges she took advantage of her grandmother, coercing the woman out of her life savings, court documents state.
Victoria Easterling was charged with 24 counts of violating the Omnibus Adult Act for Financial Exploitation of a Vulnerable Adult, according to Hanahan Police Lt. Michael Fowler.
Police say that over a period of six to seven months, after Easterling's grandfather died, she took almost $140,000 from her grandmother after coercing her to make withdrawals ranging from between $684 and more than $20,000.
The victim told investigators Easterling claimed to be the victim of identity theft and needed the money to avoid going to jail.
Court documents state the woman's children, who now have power of attorney, discovered the money was missing when they began reviewing their mother's accounts.
Fowler says Easterling was using the money to support a drug problem.
A judge set bond at $360,000 for Easterling, who was being held at the Hill-Finklea Detention Center.