Carlos Small
Carlos Small
A Flora man will spend the next decade behind bars after a Madison County jury convicted him of exploiting an elderly woman out of over $12,000.

A Madison County jury only needed 35 minutes to deliberate before finding Dewayne Carlos Small, 57, guilty.

Small was convicted as a habitual offender so he will have to serve his 10-year sentence day-for-day without the possibility of parole or early release.

Flora police were first alerted to Small back in December 2017, after the 80-year-old victim’s son reported over $12,000 missing from his mother’s checking account. Further investigation revealed that Small had been written 17 checks for work he said he would do on the property from clearing trees and cutting bamboo.

According to Madison County District Attorney John K. Bramlett Jr., the work was never done and Small was taking advantage of the fact his victim suffered from memory loss.

“Small is nothing less than a career con artist who preyed on an elderly woman who simply wanted yard work completed and ended up losing all of her money at the hands of Small,” Bramlett said. “His criminal career started in 2006 in South Carolina, but ended last week in Madison County.”

In South Carolina, Small was arrested and convicted of criminal domestic violence, breach of trust with fraudulent intent and financial transaction card fraud over a span of seven years.