Deputies arrest Flowery Branch woman for spending elderly victim’s money

Hall Co. - PRESS RELEASE - Hall County Sheriff’s Deputies arrested a Flowery Branch woman this week on a charge of exploitation of an elder person.

Wendy Marie Schwarz, 55, was taken into custody on Wednesday, Feb. 19, in the 5,000 block of McEver Road at her workplace and remained in the Hall County Jail on Thursday afternoon, Feb. 20.

During an approximately six-month period beginning in September of 2019, Schwarz exploited the female victim, an 88-year-old family member, by using the woman’s funds without authority.

Schwarz forged the victim’s checks and had the victim sign her own checks which were made payable to Schwarz, according to the initial investigation. Schwarz also used the victim’s credit card.

The individual with legal authority over the victim’s finances reported the exploitation to Sheriff’s Deputies on Monday, Feb. 17. Investigators obtained the arrest warrant on Wednesday.

Detectives continue to investigate the case and are working to determine the amount of money that was taken.