A woman in Connecticut is facing a slew of charges alleging that she took advantage of an elderly client when she was hired to be her home health aide. Authorities were not clear on whether Divona Johnson was a certified aide, but she is charged with stealing over $2,100 from her unnamed client through a series of fraudulent charges on her debit card.
Between May 30 and June 1, Ms. Johnson allegedly used her victim’s debit card to make purchases and cash advances at a variety of stores, including at Foxwoods Resort Casino. The victim in this case was not identified, other than noting she was older than 60 and dealing with certain psychological disorders.
While this was severe enough, police allege that Divona Johnson also conspired with two other individuals to steal more cash using fraudulent checks and making an attempt to steal an SUV from the victim.
As noted by The New London Day reported Benjamin Kail in the blog, Police accuse woman of stealing from senior, published June 29, 2018:
“Police charged Tremaine Dowdell, 25, of 22 Mopsic St. and Briana Drayton, 24, of 417 Boswell Ave. with attempt to commit a crime and fourth-degree larceny after Lewandoski said he identified them on surveillance footage trying to cash checks from the alleged victim’s account, first for $2,000 at the Chelsea Groton Bank at 1 Franklin Square and, less than an hour later, for $1,500 at Chelsea Groton Bank at 444 W. Main St., police said.
The banks declined both transactions because the account was “closed due to fraudulent activity reported” on June 1, police said. After the second failed attempt, police say the bank received a call from Johnson, who allegedly claimed to be the senior woman with the closed checking account. According to bank personnel, the caller provided all of the senior woman’s personal information and “was upset that the transaction was not being completed,” police said.”
After that June 1 incident, the bank provided the number from which Ms. Johnson called claiming she was the owner of the account, and it was the same number she provided investigators when they interviewed her. The bank also provided audio recording of the call and the police identified that caller as Ms. Johnson.
The senior woman who was victimized also noted she purchased a new SUV from a local dealer, that Ms. Johnson drove it home for her, and that her two accomplices attempted to transfer the title out of her name. The vehicle has been listed as stolen and Ms. Johnson allegedly refused to tell of its location. The SUV’s value is listed as between $20,000 and $23,000.
No immediate court date was listed for either defendant.
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