By Tom Allen
A Jefferson County couple was arrested today in connection with defrauding an 88-year-old woman.
According to the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office, detectives began an investigation in August after the victim's niece reported suspicious transactions on bank and credit card accounts. Among these were the purchase of a firearm and ammunition.
Investigators say 29-year-old Nora Armstrong of Gardendale was the victim's housekeeper and sitter. Her husband, 32-year-old Lee Aaron Armstrong accompanied her to the victim's home while she worked.
The couple allegedly used her credit and bank accounts to purchase weapons, clothing, exercise equipment, food and cell phones.
They also added international calling to the victim's telephone account -- Nora Armstrong is originally from Honduras, authorities say, and her family is still there.
JCCO says the couple allegedly stole more than $24,000 from the victim.
Nora Armstrong was arrested this morning in Gardendale, while Lee Armstrong was arrested at his place of employment in Cahaba Heights. They've both been charged with elder abuse by financial exploitation and held at the Jefferson County Jail in lieu of $15,000 bond.
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