Caretaker Accused of Stealing Money and Jewelry from Residents at Nursing Home

A caretaker accused of stealing from people in a nursing home made her first appearance in court Tuesday morning. The 44 year-old woman, was arrested on suspicion of fraudulent use of credit cards, petit theft, exploitation of the elderly, bank fraud, grand theft and fraudulent use of personal identification information. Police said three others were arrested in the thefts and one more is being sought, though none of them were employees of the nursing home.

Missing checks were initially reported at the retirement community late last year, according to a police report. Police said the checks were stolen by the caretaker and then passed off to others to cash. The report indicates there are also more high-priced items missing from the nursing home. Elderly residents at the home have reported over $10,000 worth of missing jewelry.

The daughter of one resident said, "My mom has Alzheimer's disease and she was aware that someone was coming into her room and stealing from her. We went to the authorities at the nursing home and informed them of what my mom was telling us, and we were led to believe that it could be paranoia brought on by her Alzheimer's disease."

The facility's executive director said the woman was the only employee involved in the thefts and was on suspension since Dec. 3. She was fired the same day she turned herself in to police. Police said they arrested the woman after linking jewelry found at pawn shops to her. For more, read the story.

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Robert W. Carter, Jr. is a Virginia attorney whose law practice is dedicated to protecting the rights of the victims of nursing home and assisted living neglect and abuse in Richmond, Roanoke, Norfolk, Lynchburg, Danville, Charlottesville, and across Virginia.