A Massachusetts woman has been accused by several elderly individuals of stealing from them when she was acting as their home care aide. She has been accused of spending $16,000 on a shopping spree and using forged checks and credit cards to steal from at least a few clients.
Stephanie Crosman, from Sharon, had her own cousin report her to the police after she claimed Stephanie stole expensive jewelry from her house. Even her sister admitted that Stephanie has a problem with larceny.
According to The Boston Globe article, Hired to help the sick, she leaves a trail of accusations in her wake, written by Linda Matchan:
““Stephanie, unfortunately, has a problem when it comes to theft,” explained Crosman’s exasperated sister to Sharon police last February when they were investigating whether she had duped her dementia-impaired uncle into co-signing a $17,000 car loan.
Yet, despite these charges and at least one other client who accuses her of theft, Stephanie Crosman was still making money as a home aide late last year.
She even has a state license as a licensed practical nurse, and she was on the state list of certified nurse’s assistants until her certification expired last month.
Her family believes she’s in Rhode Island or Connecticut and worries she may still be victimizing people.”
Yet, despite numerous allegations and charges filed against her, authorities have yet to locate her. For some, this case highlights a lack of oversight within the home care industry. Supporters of stricter regulations often point to cases like this as clear evidence more needs to be done.
Others would point to Stephanie Crosman’s constant moving from one state to the next and using different last names as evidence the situation can be far more complicated than it first appears on the surface.
Currently, though, the Massachusetts Board of Registration in Nursing does not automatically seek out criminal records of applicants. The public health board that oversees the Board of Registration in Nursing knew that Crosman had charges filed against her as early as 2011.
It appears as though Stephanie Crosman has been able to manipulate weaknesses in the systems and has escaped conviction on several occasions. One of her strategies appears to be using different last names, including her maiden name, which is Healy.
She also changes employers on a regular basis, shifting back and forth between working for agencies and independently. She has even claimed to be in the hospital undergoing heart surgery as an excuse for missing a court date, which turned out to be patently false.
In Massachusetts, home aides do not need to be licensed and there is no FBI criminal background screening check required of these workers.