Some home care agencies have to compete against the perceptions the public has about these services and, more importantly, about the aides who offer support for elderly and disabled clients in their home. There are some caregivers who may have sought a job within this industry and had a passion for helping people, and there are others who simply see it as a paycheck and then begin exploring other ways to try and snag extra money on the side.
Case in point may be one from Scottsdale, Arizona. An elderly couple in their 90s had been receiving support from Brandi Elizabeth Lamb, 38, for some time, when they reported items missing from their home. The couple contracted the police on October 17, 2017 to report the missing items, which were Russian nesting dolls.
The authorities then took to social media to scour Ms. Lamb’s pages and discovered some images of nesting dolls listed for sale. Once they tracked down the buyer, it was confirmed that not only were these the stolen items, but also that Ms. Lamb was, in fact, the person who sold them. Some of the images of the nesting dolls posted on social media were even taken at the victim’s home.
As reported by ABC 15 Arizona’s Joe Enea, in the news blog, PD: Scottsdale home health care worker steals Russian Nesting Doll from elderly couple:
“Scottsdale police report that on October 17, they arrested 38-year-old Brandi Elizabeth Lamb. They say since January, Lamb has been working as a home health care worker for a couple in their 90s, living in Scottsdale.
When items were missing in the home, police searched Lamb’s social media pages and found an advertisement for Russian Nesting Dolls, belonging to the victims.
Police say the pictures used in the ad were even taken in the victim’s home. Investigators were able to track down the buyer of the dolls and retrieve them for the victims. The buyer reportedly assisted police in identifying Lamb, as the person who sold them the dolls.”
Brandi Elizabeth Lamb is facing charges of theft and trafficking stolen property. There was no immediate word on bond, if she had secured legal representation, or when her next court date will be. There was also no word about whether she was working as an independent caregiver or through an agency. The victims in this case were not named and it appears all items have been recovered.
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