Melody Henderson charged with stealing money from her son's guardianship account, deputies say

LAKE WORTH, Fla. - A Lake Worth woman has been charged with stealing more than $37,000 from her son's guardianship bank account.

Melody May Henderson of Lake Worth was arrested by the Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office  and charged with one count of grand theft.

Palm Beach County Clerk of Courts Sharon Bock's Division of Inspector General conducted the investigation of Henderson.

Fraud investigators from the Clerk and Comptroller's Office received a tip in September 2012 about the possible misuse of funds from the account.

 Investigators say that Henderson told them that she used the money from her son's account to pay for his medical bills and to purchase a car to drive him, however she couldn't account for $20,000 of the $37,000 lawsuit settlement.

The PBC Clerk's Office says that the settlement money was placed in a restricted bank account which required a judge's permission to be withdrawn.

The arrest is the second by the Guardian Fraud program according to the Palm Beach County Clerk's Office.

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