Woman accused again of exploitation and neglect of vulnerable adults denied bond

Less than six months after Magistrate Stephen Shepard set bond for a woman accused of stealing from a disabled resident of her personal care home, she was back in court Friday.


District Attorney Natalie Paine asked Shepard to deny bond for Maxine Donaldson, 52, who is again accused of illegal treatment of elderly and disabled people. Shepard agreed.

“It’s too much of a frequent flyer for me,” Shepard told Donaldson. She was arrested Tuesday and charged with operating an unlicensed personal care home, three counts of exploitation of an elderly or disabled adult, and one count of neglect of an elderly or disabled adult.

At the time of her arrest, Donaldson was free on $10,000 bond Shepard set in August when she was charged with exploitation of an elderly or disabled adult. Donaldson has since been indicted in that case and has pleaded not guilty in Richmond County Superior Court. She is accused of stealing nearly $28,000 from an Alzheimer’s patient who lived in her personal care home, Shavonna’s Place of Care, between Oct. 26, 2016, and July 24.

This week, the leader of the local personal care home task force, William Loomer, spotted Donaldson pushing an elderly, disabled man into the courthouse Monday morning. The next day, members of the Crimes Against Vulnerable and the Elderly went to the Belair Road home where Donaldson told Loomer the elderly, disabled man lived.

According to the arrest warrants, CAVE members found three disabled adults. Two allegedly gave Donaldson their disability checks each month, and a third, a schizophrenia patient, told CAVE members that Donaldson gave him free rent and cigarettes in exchange for watching the other residents.

According to CAVE, two of the people found Tuesday used to live at Donaldson’s personal care home on Fairview Avenue until the state revoked her license after her arrest last year. CAVE members also reported Donaldson has a connection with another accused unlicensed personal care home operator arrested last month.

According to a motion filed Wednesday in Donaldson’s prior exploitation case, Assistant District Attorney Ricky Coates is asking the judge to revoke the $10,000 bond based on the new arrest.

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