Woman Charged with Financial Exploitation of Disabled Clients

By: News Release
By: News Release

The Residential Services Director of a local organization that works to help the disabled has been charged with 24 felony counts of exploiting her clients.

Linda Faye Walker-Hall, 64, of Jo Tam Lane in Navarre turned herself in to authorities on Thursday.

Horizons managers became suspicious in April after spotting discrepancies while reviewing some monthly transaction reports for clients’ personal allowance funds. They questioned Walker-Hall and also found policy violations involving receipts. In addition, when they asked Walker-Hall to retrieve the cash bag, Walker-Hall had the bag containing $2900.00 at her home.

The Department of Children and Families and the Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office (OCSO) was contacted and became involved in investigating the financial discrepancies.

OCSO investigators were able to determine that Walker-Hall was issued sixteen checks between January 2012 and April 2013 for the amount of $43,677.16. After reviewing each residential group home client’s spending reports, they discovered $22,804.16 in unaccounted money.

OCSO investigators say Walker-Hall was stealing money from twenty-four residential group home patients with Horizons in Fort Walton Beach. She has been charged with grand theft and was arrested on twenty four counts of exploitation of disabled adults.

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