Woman accused of neglecting, exploiting disabled adults pleads not guilty

A woman facing multiple charges of neglect and exploitation of disabled adults, and operating unlicensed personal care homes pleaded not guilty Friday in Richmond County Superior Court.


Margaret Freeman, 60, filed a request for a speedy trial. She is accused of 15 counts of neglect of a disabled adult, two counts of exploitation of a disabled adult, four felony counts of operating an unlicensed personal care home, one misdemeanor count of operating an unlicensed personal care home and four counts of misdemeanor obstruction of an investigation.

An investigation by the Crimes Against the Vulnerable and Elderly, the newly created personal care home task force, began Sept. 26 when a complaint was lodged concerning Freeman’s licensed home, Joshua House 3 on Milledgeville Road.

According to a statement from her attorney, Charles Rollins, Freeman only operated one personal care home with six beds. She had four rental properties, but none of the tenants needed or wanted services provided at personal care homes, Rollins wrote.

“The (CAVE) task force was created for good reasons and no one is questioning their motivations in this investigation or any other, ” Rollins wrote. “However, in this case, the task force and the DA’s office have made a mistake, and arrested someone who was only doing good in our community.”

Freeman has been in jail since Oct. 1 when she turned herself in to the sheriff’s office. She was unable to post a $100,000 bond set before the indictment was returned, with many more charges than the four counts she initially faced.


Reach Sandy Hodson at (706) 823-3226 or sandy.hodson@augustachronicle.com.



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