JCSO: Home Healthcare Worker Stole From 87 Year-Old Patient

A Johnston County home healthcare worker has been arrested after she allegedly stole from an elderly patient.

Debra Ann Pettiway, of S. Raiford Street, Selma was arrested by the Johnston County Sheriff’s Office (JCSO).  Authorities allege Pettiway had cared for the 87 year-old patient at their home outside of Selma for approximately two years.

An out-of-state relative reportedly became concerned when they noticed Pettiway was not showing up for work on time and had failed to take the victim to some recent doctor’s appointments.

In January 2020, the relative notified authorities when they noticed a spike in spending on the victim’s credit card which Pettiway had access.   An investigation determined Pettiway had made unauthorized personal transactions on the victim’s credit card between September 2019 and January 2020 totaling approximately $1,285.

Warrants were obtained for Pettiway’s arrest. She was arrested May 13th during a traffic stop. During the traffic stop the elderly victim’s ID card, social security card and bank statement was reportedly found in Pettiway’s possession.

A routine background check on the 59 year-old suspect determined she was wanted on a fugitive warrant from Georgia for fraud.

Pettiway was charged with exploitation of a disabled/elderly person, obtaining property by false pretenses and identity theft.  Bail was set at $90,000.  She was held without bail on the Georgia fugitive warrant.