Buckhead therapist arrested after fleeing state

The Buckhead therapist who skipped town after allegedly pocketing tens of thousands of dollars from friends and clients has been arrested.

Colleen Higgins was taken into custody by a fugitive task force Tuesday morning at a Super 8 motel in Carter Lake, Iowa, according to the Associated Press.

She was booked into the Pottawattamie County jail on multiple counts of theft by deception on a warrant issued in Georgia, the AP reported.

Higgins disappeared last year after supposedly talking people who trusted her into loaning her money. Then, a board that oversees Georgia therapists and social workers asked a judge to revoke her license on the grounds of unprofessional conduct and ethics violations.

People who describe themselves as her victims say she took advantage of them by gaining their trust and then persuading them to hand over huge sums of money.

When she didn't repay, some of them sued and went to the police.

Four of Higgins former clients testified on behalf of the board that revoked her license, each detailing how Higgins gained their trust to borrow anywhere from $2,500 to $60,000 from them before cutting off contact.

The Atlanta Police Department investigated, and in January a detective filed eight warrants for Higgins' arrest, all on counts of theft by deception.

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