Back in January of this year, a 22-year-old home care aide was arrested in Connecticut and charged with theft when she used one of her client’s credit cards illegally. While this case has been ongoing, Kevaughna Sullivan is once again in trouble with the legal system. That’s because she failed to appear in court recently to face these charges.
As reported by the CT Post in the news blog, Home care aide back in trouble, written by Michael P. Mayko:
“Police arrested Kevaughna Sullivan, 22, of Lombard Street, New Haven Sunday for failing to appear in court last month on the credit card theft charges. Bond was set at $1,500 for Sullivan who is charged with first-degree failure to appear. Her court date was set at Nov. 20.
Police previously arrested Sullivan in January for allegedly using a client’s credit to charge at least $1,000 in items on the card.
In that case she is charged with identity theft, credit card theft and 10 counts of illegally using a credit card. She failed to make her scheduled Sept. 24 appearance in Superior Court.”
Home care providers offer an invaluable service to elderly and disabled clients. They are often entrusted with helping to do shopping, running errands, and even paying bills. When elderly men and women may not have family or trusted friends in the area to support them in various endeavors, they often turn to their home care providers for help. Turning over financial information, including a bank ATM card or credit card, may be thought of as an innocent thing, especially when they trust their caregiver implicitly, but individuals like Ms. Sullivan create a more difficult environment for dedicated, compassionate, and honest home care aides and agencies.
It is certainly unfortunate that Ms. Sullivan failed to attend her court-appointed date, but that only adds to her trouble. It is unclear if this was a deliberate act or if there was some emergency that kept her from attending, but the case is not being dropped.
It’s important for home care providers to be aware that yes, there are individuals who take advantage of elderly and disabled adults relying on these services, but that the vast majority of men and women who take on these important jobs truly want what’s best for their clients. There was no formal statement from Ms. Sullivan’s attorney and, as of the writing of this article, it is unclear whether she had been located and arrested for failure to appear.