A woman in Illinois who had been hired by a home health care agency to support an elderly blind man is facing charges that she stole nearly $8,000 from his personal checking account. Kristen Kamberos, 31, of Stickney, was arraigned on charges of financial exploitation of an elderly/disabled person in Cook County Superior Court.
Prosecutors allege that Ms. Kamberos had been hired in August 2017 to look after an 82-year-old client. However, between March 8 and April 23, 2018, Kristin Kamberos allegedly began writing personal checks to herself from the victim’s accounts. 22 of these personal checks were deposited into Ms. Kamberos’s personal bank account to help cover her own bills and rent.
As reported by La Grange Patch, in Illinois, in its police blotter, Home Health Care Aide Steals $7,720 From Elderly Blind Man: Cops, written by Lorraine Watson:
“The prosecutor said Kamberos worked for a home healthcare agency. In August 2017, she was hired to take care of an 82-year-old blind man. Between March 8 and April 23, 2018, Kamberos allegedly deposited 22 of the victim’s personal checks in the amount of $7,720 into her own personal bank account. The elderly man’s son noticed the missing funds and contacted police.
Kamberos told police she made the checks out to herself so she could pay rent and bills, the prosecutor said. She was arrested on Aug. 29. Kamberos has no prior criminal background. The assistant public defender said Kamberos is now working as a Jimmy John’s delivery driver. Felice set a cash bond of $7,720.”
Judge Peter Felice commented that, “Somebody’s out $7,000.” As he looked at the defendant, Kristin Kamberos, he also added, “That’s what you allegedly took, and that’s what you should come up with.” The defendant in this case is expected to return to court on September 25.
There was no public notice about the home care agency Ms. Kamberos worked for or if she had any prior criminal record. A growing number of home care aides hired through agencies go through a background screening check before hiring, but that is not the case with all agencies. There was no word about whether the victim in this case was still receiving care and support through the same agency or had to look to other resources.
It was not noted whether Kristin Kamberos had attained legal counsel or if a plea deal might be reached. It was also not noted whether Ms. Kamberos had managed to secure the cash bond for her release.