Caregiver accused of using elderly Lincoln man’s credit cards


Pictured Above: Clinton Duwayne Rucker, Jr. – Picture courtesy of the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office


Lincolnton, NC – A Crouse man was arrested today (November 26, 2019) in connection with the theft of money from an elderly Lincoln County man.

On October 15, 2019 Michael Kaponya reported to deputies that he had received a letter from his bank informing him that his credit cards may have been used fraudulently. The victim told officers that he has people come to his residence to take care of him and transport him on various shopping trips.

The suspect in the case, Clinton Duwayne Rucker, Jr., 41, of Otto Reynolds Road, Crouse, NC was associated with one of the care givers and is believed to have stolen the credit card numbers. Over the period of August 28, 2019 and October 12, 2019 more than $1,400 was charged to Mr. Kaponya’s credit cards.

Detective D. Houser continued the investigation and charged Rucker with eight felony counts of identity theft, one count of resist, delay and obstruct a public officer and parole violation. He received a $51,500 secured bond on the charges except for the parole violation which he was placed under a no bond hold in the Harven A. Crouse Detention Center.

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Author: Niakeya James