According to authorities, a home health care worker is accused of stealing from an 83 year old client. Grace Deguia-Reed, 46, of Perry Township, was working as a home care aide when she allegedly drained assets from her client’s financial accounts. An investigation was launched in May by the Pennsylvania State Police.
The victim lives in Rockland Township, but was not named in the initial report. Ms. Deguia-Reed allegedly stole more than $70,000 from her client. According to the report, the client either cashed in three life insurance policies on her own, or was convinced to do so by Ms. Deguia-Reed, then, between April 2015 and April 2016, Deguia-Reed deposited personal checks from the client made out to herself totaling $70,849.35.
As reported by WFMZ in the news blog, Police: Home healthcare worker stole from elderly client, written by a staff reporter:
“Investigators said Deguia-Reed took advantage of the woman’s disability and either convinced her to cash in three life insurance policies for nearly $181,000, or she did so herself.
Then, between April 2015 and April 2016, Deguia-Reed deposited $70,849.35 worth of checks from the woman into her own accounts, according to court documents released Thursday. She also attempted to cash a $75,000 check, with plans to buy a property with the money, police said.
Investigators also cited evidence that Deguia-Reed attempted to get the woman to obtain a reverse mortgage and have her property logged for more assets.
Deguia-Reed was also in possession of a 2015 Jeep Cherokee that was leased and registered to the woman without her knowledge, police said.
In addition, evidence points to Deguia-Reed using fraudulent forms to obtain her job as a home healthcare worker, according to court documents.”
Ms. Deguia-Reed is due back in court on August 23 as she is free on $10,000 unsecured bail. There was no word whether Ms. Deguia-Reed worked as an independent caregiver or had been hired through an agency. According to comments on the initial report for WFMZ, from private individuals using their Facebook accounts, some claim to have previous experiences with this aide and also make claims that this isn’t the first incident regarding the accused in this case. Of course, Facebook comments are only opinions and at the time of this report, there was no immediate note whether or not Ms. Deguia-Reed had been convicted of a previous felony related to this type of work in the past.