When home health care workers commit fraud, steal from clients, or take part in other illegal activities that directly affect their clients, it leaves a mark on the industry as a whole. Such is the case of Aldean Foster, who pleaded guilty recently to stealing tens of thousands of dollars from aging men and women in her care.
Ms. Foster was sentenced to 36 months probation, and she must remain in custody for 60 days. On top of that, she has been ordered to pay back $46,850 in restitution to her former clients (though her thefts may have exceeded $100,000). As part of the sentencing, Aldean Foster will not be permitted to work in any capacity as a home health care worker or in a nursing home during the time of her probation.
As reported by Fox4 WDAF in Kansas City in the news brief, Metro home healthcare worker given 3 years of probation for stealing from elderly:
““I was probably watching television, and I paid no attention to her, I know she was in my bedroom for a very long time, but I didn’t think any more about it until after she had gone,” said one victim who wanted to remain anonymous. “I went in there, and I noticed things were not exactly where I had left them.”
Court documents say victims lost as much as $100,000.
“They’re the most vulnerable people, and to take advantage of that trust, it’s a terrible thing,” said Andrew McCarl.”
Aldean Foster had been hired by a home care company, but she did not have a criminal record at the time of her hiring. This is a challenge that too many home care agencies seem to face in this modern climate; running background checks, having them cleared, and still dealing with individuals who try to take advantage of elderly and disabled clients.
Many of the people who rely on home care workers are some of the most vulnerable. What tipped family members off was when Overland Park Police Department investigators found a ring with one of the elderly client’s name on it (who happened to be a former officer himself) handed over to them by a pawn shop. According to Andrew McCarl, “To take something with a family name on it, that’s kind of gutsy. To take a Police Department ring with a family name on it is fairly incredulous.”
Ms. Foster had been doing this work for quite some time and it is still unclear whether there are previous victims who have yet to come forward.
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