CONYERS- A volunteer who assisted a woman run an illegal personal care business for the elderly has been arrested and charged by the Rockdale County Sheriff's Office (RCSO).
Delora Quarterman, 59, is being charged with two counts of neglecting an elderly or disabled person after she allegedly left two mentally disabled elderly people stranded at a gas station in Atlanta. The people were clients of the illegally operated business.
The action was allegedly an order from the business owner, Lena Germaine Clark, who was arrested Aug. 25 for operating the business. She faces 12 counts of neglect and 12 counts of exploitation of disabled adults.
RCSO spokesperson Sgt. Andy Arnold says that Quarterman picked up the two people from one hotel and told them they were being moved to another hotel. She then made a stop at an Atlanta gas station, gave them "a couple of dollars" and told them to go inside to buy food and drinks.
When the two people returned from the store, all of their belongings were on the curb of the street and Quarterman was gone. Authorities aren't sure how many times these situations have occurred, said Arnold.
However, another volunteer learned of people's situation and became concerned. She went out to retrieve them and brought them back to Conyers.
It was close to midnight and she was unfamiliar with the subdivision. She flagged down a deputy and the two mentally disabled adults were brought to the motel where the other 10 adults were located.
"At that point, investigators found out there were 12 mentally disabled adults living in three (motel) rooms," RCSP Cpl. Michael Camp previously told The News.
Quarterman turned herself into authorities on Sept. 5. She bonded out of jail for $7,000.