A caregiver in Pensacola, Florida has been convicted of stealing over $300k from a disabled veteran placed in her care. Kelly Lynn Knotts, 44, was convicted on Thursday by an Escambia County Jury of “Theft From a Person 65 Years of Age or Older,” 38 counts of “Exploitation of an Elderly Person” and two counts of “Money Laundering.” She faces up to 230 years in prison for the offenses.
Knotts was first arrested in October 2015. An investigation by the State Attorney’s Office and Escambia County Sheriffs Office found that Knotts acted as the victim’s bookkeeper and stole more than $300k from the man over a period of two years. The victim is a World War II veteran. It is unclear how their relationship was formed, but the State Attorney’s office has confirmed the veteran hired Knotts out of a position of trust.
Knotts faces up to 230 years in state prison. She is currently incarcerated awaiting sentencing that is set for May 10 before Circuit Judge Jan Shackelford.