A Blountstown man has been charged with exploitation of the elderly for allegedly swindling over $13,000 from his aunt.
Frederick Douglas Baskette III, 19, has been arrested in the case.
According to the Calhoun County Sheriff’s Office, the alleged victim in the case told authorities she discovered $13,200 had been transferred from three of her bank accounts into Baskette’s accounts. Records indicate the transfers began back in March with the first of $400 and continued over the next three months.
Baskette has reportedly lived with the woman for several years. She believes he obtained account information from statements at her residence, but told authorities she never gave him permission to access her accounts.
Lt. Jared Nichols interviewed Baskette June 1. He reportedly waived his Miranda rights and admitted to opening mobile accounts he could access from his cell phone to make the transfers. He reportedly said he used the money on clothes, food, motels and gas and had none of it left. He then said he intended to pay the money back when he got a job.
A warrant was issued for Baskette’s arrest and he was booked into the Calhoun County Jail last week.