It’s one of those cases that puts a black eye on the entire in home care industry. A woman who was acting as a home care aide for a client in Dutchess County, in upstate New York, was arrested and charged with stealing property and illegally using a client’s debit card to make unauthorized purchases around town.
Police were notified on February 3, 2017 that someone had been using a stolen debit card to make purchases and that the suspect had also allegedly stolen personal items from the woman’s home. The victim in this case was not identified, but the subsequent investigation did find that Cheryl Thomas, 52, of Poughkeepsie apparently stole the items and used the cards for her own personal use.
According to the Hudson Valley Post, in the police blog, Police: Dutchess County Home Health Care Aide Stole [f]rom Woman She Cared For, written by Bobby Welber:
“An investigation by the Poughkeepsie Detective Division identified the person responsible for the thefts as Thomas, a home health care aide that was working in the victim’s home for several months, police say.
Thomas was arraigned in the Town of Poughkeepsie Justice Court and released under the supervision of the Dutchess County Probation Department.”
There was little information made public about this incident aside from the fact that Ms. Thomas was arraigned in the Town of Poughkeepsie Justice Court and then released under the supervision of the Dutchess County Probation Department.
There was no word about whether Ms. Thomas would be working out a plea arrangement or if she would be represented by legal counsel. The D.A.’s office made no public comment about the case and it was not made clear whether Cheryl Thomas had been working as an independent caregiver or if she was employed by an agency in the region.
There was also no noted follow up court date and the authorities did not make a public announcement about how much was stolen or charged on the debit cards. No other information was made available about this case at the time of this publication, but when more information is made available, it will be noted.
It was also not made clear how long Ms. Thomas had been providing this level of care and support for the unnamed client before these allegations were reported to the authorities. There was no word, either, on whether Ms. Thomas had other clients in the area.