Caretaker of veteran found dead pleads guilty to fraud

DAYTON, Ky. (AP) — A woman has pleaded guilty to credit card fraud in a case involving the body of a 55-year-old Air Force veteran found under a Dalton home.

The Kentucky Enquirer reports ( that Tuesday, Christy Russell pleaded guilty in Campbell County Circuit Court to one count of fraudulent use of a credit card totaling $500 or more.

The charges stem from summer 2015, when Dayton police acted on a tip and found the body of veteran Steven Reis. Russell was Reis’ caretaker. Authorities say she used Reis’ credit card to steal about $30,000 of his veterans benefits while his body was buried under the house for nine months.

Reis’ body was badly decomposed and was sent to the Kentucky medical examiner. Police wouldn’t say Thursday whether a cause of death has been determined.

Russell will be sentenced May 16.


Information from: The Cincinnati Enquirer,


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