Pensacola Resident Arrested for Exploiting the Elderly to Fund Vacations


TALLAHASSEE, Fla.­—Attorney General Pam Bondi’s Medicaid Fraud Control Unit and the Escambia County Sheriff’s Office today arrested a Pensacola man for exploiting an elderly victim and using funds for vacations to Baton Rouge, La. and Las Vegas, Nev. Steven McAroy, 44, acted in a position of trust for the victim and signed all financial documents while the victim resided in a long-term care facility.

Throughout the investigation, MFCU’s Digital Evidence Recovery Unit recovered records of McAroy’s transfer and removal of funds in both cities along with multiple transactions during a five-month period in 2015. McAroy allegedly transferred and removed more than $13,000 from the victim.

McAroy faces one count of exploitation of the elderly more than $10,000 but less than $50,000, a second-degree felony. If convicted, the defendant faces up to 15 years in prison and up to $10,000 in fines. The Attorney General’s Office, through an agreement with the State Attorney’s Office for the First Judicial Circuit, will prosecute this case.