Caregiver Arrested After Stealing Over $50,000 From Elderly Client

Police have arrested a young woman on suspicion of stealing more than $53,000 from an elderly man who hired her as his caregiver. The woman, 21, was booked into jail on charges of felony embezzlement, forgery, and financial elder abuse by a caregiver.

The woman had been caring for the 71-year-old man, who suffers from a condition that renders sufferers unable to coordinate their muscle movements, but police said he is of sound mind. The man and another home caregiver, notified the bank of six unauthorized ATM transactions and four unauthorized checks written by the woman amounting to a loss of nearly $8,000.

The bank employee also reported the incident to police and Adult Protective Services. According to bank statements later obtained by police, the elderly man suffered a total loss of  greater than $53,000 in unauthorized ATM transactions and forged checks. The caregiver's bail was set at $50,000. For more, read the story.

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.

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