A home care worker who had been employed through an agency in the Melbourne, Florida area has been arrested and charged with stealing nearly $10,000 in cash withdrawals from the victim’s bank account. Kevin Higginbotham, 62, was formally charged with stealing $9,360 during 31 withdrawals.
Authorities stated that Higginbotham had been working to support an elderly woman with multiple sclerosis. He had been doing this work for five years, as the woman and her husband entrusted her care to him. However, at some point in time, Higginbotham would steal away with the victim’s debit card, rush down to the local ATM and make a withdrawal.
He would then allegedly return as quickly as possible, before the victim noticed anything missing. This apparently went on for some time. As reported by Florida Today, in the news blog, Melbourne home health care worker charged with stealing almost $10,000 from patient, written by Tyler Vazquez:
“Arrest affidavits said the victim used a wheelchair due to multiple sclerosis and relied on Higginbotham for help with daily activities, such as grocery shopping.
Higginbotham had knowledge of the victim’s PIN for this reason, enabling him to steal from her, according to officers.
Investigators reviewed surveillance footage showing Higginbotham using the victim’s card to get money from a nearby bank, reports said.
Higginbotham had worked for the victim and her husband for five years before the thefts began. He was fired from the company that employed him on Christmas day. He is now being held at the Brevard County Jail Complex on $50,000 bond.”
Authorities didn’t note what home care agency Higginbotham worked for, but during the subsequent investigation, it was determined, as far as authorities could note, that there were no other victims, at least as far as the investigation had revealed up until the time of this writing.
The name of the victim nor her husband were reported and it wasn’t clear if the husband was still around or how the victim determined that something was amiss. The withdrawals took place in November and December, over a six-week period of time.
There has been no initial word on what Kevin Higginbotham was using the money for or if the authorities would seek compensation to the victim. There was also no immediate note about when a court date would be set or if Higginbotham had secured legal counsel. There was no comment publicly made by the home care agency that had initially employed Mr. Higginbotham.
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