Amanda Sunshine Holliday, an ex-adult daycare worker, is free on bond, charged with credit card abuse and exploiting a 42-year-old mentally challenged woman by allegedly stealing $3,000 from her bank account.
“I don’t see how she can live with herself,” said Denise Francois, the victim’s sister.
Francois said her sister (both pictured below), Kimberly Wright, has the mind of a child.
“She’s so innocent. She doesn’t know what’s going on about anything most of the time,” Francois said.
The arrest warrant affidavit states SAPD has surveillance video of Holliday allegedly withdrawing more than $260 from a bank at a local Walmart.
Francois, who is a co-signer on her sister’s account, said when she noticed the balance was running low, she asked for bank records going back three months.
She said a series a questionable withdrawals had been made for several hundred dollars each that coincided with the days Holliday took her sister to adult daycare. Francois also said the 32-year-old suspect kept her sister’s purse in her office.
Francois said her sister only knows how to use her debit card for small purchases, but not ATM withdrawals.
She said given her sister’s limited capabilities, it would have been easy to get her pin number.
“She’s very sweet, very loving, very kind. So she trusts just about everybody,” Francois said.
She said the adult daycare facility that her sister loves terminated Holliday and has reimbursed the funds that were taken.
Francois said as an added precaution, she had the bank limit the amount that can be withdrawn from her sister’s account.
Having protected her sister since they were children, Francois said perhaps she could have done more to prevent what happened.
As a result, Francois said she urges others, “Keep your guard up. People unfortunately are taking advantage of those who can’t protect themselves.”
Eddie Gonzales, KSAT crime analyst, said he agrees.
“This happens a lot more than people realize," he said.
He said the disabled and the elderly are among the most vulnerable victims.
Gonzales said family members should know who they trust with the care of their loved ones.
“Most of the time you’ve got to go with your gut instinct. If you think there’s something wrong, take the investigation to the next level,” Gonzales said.
He said it is important that caregivers know they’re being watched and financial records are being monitored.
“But you have to understand these people are predators and they’re always out there,” Gonzales said.