A New Jersey home health aide is charged with stealing from an elderly client for whom she had been supporting since 2013. Investigators began looking into these allegations back in May, 2018 when suspicious activity on the elderly client’s credit cards were noticed.
Kathleen G. Campion is accused of having spent more than $11,000 on a wide range of charges for herself, using her client’s credit card for those purchases. According to authorities, Ms. Campion stole the cards from her 90-year-old home care client and paid a number of items in her name.
Some of the items she used the credit cards for included utility bills, her cell phone, and health insurance. She’s also reported to have used it to pay her rent.
According to NJ.com (True New Jersey) in its blog, Home health aide ran up $12k bill after stealing credit cards from 90-year-old under her care, cops say, written by Jeff Goldman:
“Kathleen G. Campion, 50, of Belmar, used the Spring Lake woman’s cards to pay for her own rent as well as utility, cell phone and health insurance bills, the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office said Friday.￼
￼Campion was charged by Spring Lake police on Saturday after allegedly accruing $11,877.53 in charges on cards belonging to a woman she cared for since 2013, officials said. The investigation began in May.
She is charged with one count each of theft by unlawful taking, fraudulent use of a credit card and theft of a credit card. Campion faces up to five years in prison.”
According to a statement from the Monmouth County Prosecutor Christopher Gramiccioni, “The Spring Lake Police Department caught an individual who was entrusted with ensuring the health and well-being of an elderly patient and shamelessly exploiting that relationship for her own personal gain.”
There was no immediate word on whether Ms. Campion was working as an independent caregiver or had been hired through an agency. Authorities also did not comment on whether Kathleen Campion had obtained legal counsel or entered a plea as of the writing of this article.
Many states, including New Jersey, have stricter penalties for fraud and theft committed against elderly clients in their care. There was no report on whether Ms. Campion had any criminal record prior to these charges. Having worked for the client since 2013, it is unclear when these thefts began or if they had taken place over the course of several years.