A disabled woman who had been relying on home care was taken advantage of by a man posing as a home health care worker. The woman, a 79-year-old individual who has limited mobility, was relying on support. That’s when, according to authorities, William Jason Robertson, 46, stepped in and promoted himself as a licensed home health care worker.
The goal, according to the investigation, was to bilk the victim out of money. She was scammed out of more than $211,000 by this individual, and much of the money was paid to (or so the elderly woman thought) a home care business named Just 4 Families.
According to the Ledger-Enquirer’s news article, Disabled woman loses more than $211,000 to man posing as health care provider, written by Ben Wright:
“Police said the charges stem from an investigation launched on Aug. 2 after police learned that a woman at the Warm Springs Road facility may be a victim of financial exploitation of the elderly. The charges occurred sometime between July 29, 2014 and May 26, 2016.
Police said the 79-year-old woman is unable to care for herself. Robertson is accused of unlawfully portraying himself as a licensed home health care provider as the woman was deceived out of $180,177 under the business named Just 4 Families, $21,138 under the business name First Choice Homecare and $10,606 directly paid to Robertson.”
William was taken into custody on October 20. He was at his home on Nottingham Drive. Authorities noted that he was arrested on outstanding warrants, but they didn’t specify what those warrants were. He was charged with one count each of exploitation of an elderly person and theft by deception.
Mr. Robertson spent nearly a week in jail but was released on Bond the following Thursday. There was no word on whether William has secured legal representation or if other charges may be filed in the future. There was also no word on whether other victims could be out there as the investigation may be ongoing.
Investigators didn’t comment on what led to someone to tip them off that exploitation could have occurred and there was no evidence that Mr. Robertson had been working for an agency in the area prior to him working for the victim. There was also no word on any other potential abuses the victim may have endured during this situation.
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