Augusta woman under indictment for exploitation of elderly arrested on new exploitation charges

An Augusta woman under indictment for alleging stealing from a patient at her personal care home is back in jail facing new charges of exploitation and neglect of disabled adults.

 

Maxine Donaldson, 52, was arrested Tuesday by members of the personal care home task force, Crimes Against the Vulnerable and Elderly, a day after the CAVE leader William Loomer noticed Donaldson pushing a disabled person in a wheelchair into the courthouse on James Brown Boulevard.

When questioned, Donaldson gave a Belair Road address for the disabled person and said the home is not yet a licensed facility, according to a news release from the CAVE team. The team found the disabled man Tuesday at the Belair Road home with a caregiver who was also disabled.

Across the street CAVE members found Donaldson with a third disabled man, according to the release. The home was not a licensed personal care home but CAVE members suspect she was using the name of a disabled adult and her daughter to sidestep the state’s licensing requirements.

Donaldson’s license to operate Shavonna’s Place of Care as a personal care home was revoked after her arrest and indictment last year. Donaldson is charged with one count of exploitation of an elderly or disabled adult for allegedly taking nearly $28,000 from an Alzheimer’s patient’s bank account between Oct. 26, 2016, and July 24. She has pleaded not guilty.

According to CAVE, two of the victims found Tuesday used to live at Donaldson’s Shavonna’s Place of Care on Fairview Avenue.

CAVE members also connected the Belair Road home to Randy Gaitor who was arrested Jan. 31 on charges of operating an unlicensed personal care home, neglect of a disabled adult, and two counts of exploitation of a disabled adult. Gaitor is free on a $70,000 bond set Friday.

According to the release, hundreds of documents and personal files of Gaitor’s alleged victims were found in the Belair Road home. CAVE members also found evidence that the disabled adults at Gaitor’s unlicensed home on Jan. 31 used to be residents of Donaldson’s Shavonna’s Place of Care.

CAVE members also found and seized more than $8,000 at the Belair Road homes.

Donaldson is currently in jail without bond.

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

 

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