Nursing aide hired for John’s Island couple sentenced to prison


VERO BEACH —  A former Vero Beach certified nursing assistant charged in 2018 with stealing hundreds of thousands of dollars from a couple on John’s Island will spend a dozen years in prison, a judge ordered Thursday, according to a prosecutor and her attorney.

Chiquita McGee, 33, during an emotional hearing Thursday before Circuit Judge Dan Vaughn, was ordered to serve 10 years of probation upon release.

Arrest records show McGee and her sister, Sophia Shepherd, 34, who also was hired to help care for the senior couple, racked up more than $400,000 in charges on credit cards between February and November 2017.

The charges, records show, included fees for cosmetic dental work and plastic surgery, cruises, computers, jewelry, clothing and even an engine for one of their cars. Overall, police estimated the fraud committed by McGee and Shepherd added up to more than $543,000.

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