An upstate New York home health care aide is facing charges that she stole a client’s credit card and used it to charge more than $1,000. The crime allegedly began back in July, 2016 but it wasn’t discovered by the client until this past December.
The client, whose name was not released to the public, was looking through their credit report and noticed the fraudulent charges. The home health care aide, Amanda Fuller, 43, of Westernville, New York, allegedly took the credit card from her client and began using it at different establishments throughout the region.
Authorities did not comment on what types of purchases were made with the card or why the elderly client did not notice these charges on her bills. It was also not noted whether or not Ms. Fuller was still providing care and support for the client in December.
Amanda Fuller is facing two charges and there was no immediate word on court appearances. According to The Observer-Dispatch, in the news post, Home health care aide accused of stealing credit card from client:
“Amanda Fuller, 43, was arrested Thursday on one count of fourth-degree grand larceny and one count of second-degree identity theft, state police said.
Fuller is accused of stealing and using credit card from her client while she was employed as a home health care aide in July 2016, police said.
The crime was discovered in December 2016, police said, when the victim checked their credit report and found an outstanding balance. Fuller caused the victim to lose just over $1,100, police said.”
Amanda Fuller was issued appearance tickets for the Town of Vienna Court. There was no immediate word about when those court dates would be or if Ms. Fuller had retained legal counsel. It was also not made clear whether Ms. Fuller had been working as an independent caregiver (finding and applying for work on her own) or if she had been hired through an agency.
There was also no clear indication how long the client had been relying on the services of the suspect in this case, if the theft occurred shortly after hiring or if this had been an ongoing, long-term relationship. There was no public comment or word from the prosecutor’s office or Ms. Fuller.
More details about this case will be noted as they are made available.