A Pennsylvania home health care worker was recently sentenced to a minimum of six months in jail for stealing from an elderly client. The victim in this case was an 87-year-old veteran who had hired Melissa Miller to take care of him in his home. When she became a live in caregiver, she moved in a number of her family members and friends, with different people coming and going, and as many as nine people living in a double wide trailer at the same time.
This case was about a lot more than just stealing more than $6,000 from the victim’s bank account or spending money on a wide range of leisurely activities. According to the charges and witness statements, Melissa Miller obtained power of attorney over the victim while he was in the hospital and began moving him from one independent living community to the next, but not paying any of the bills for it.
It even took a formal eviction to get Melissa Miller and her entire family out of the victim’s home, but by that time it was completely devastated with garbage, urine, and filth.
As noted in The Herald article, Home health care worker Melissa Miller gets jail for theft from elderly client, written by Quinn Schwartz:
“Hermitage police said Miller made more than $6,000 in purchases at various retail stores, restaurants, the Cleveland Air Show and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame from a bank account belonging to Don Cameron, her patient and Carson’s stepfather.
Cameron is an 87-year-old veteran who served 25 years in Army intelligence. He receives about $5,000 a month in Veteran’s Affairs and Social Security benefits.
In a social media post, Carson said Melissa Miller had been her stepfather’s home health care worker and moved her family into his house, telling Cameron they were homeless. Cameron said about nine people lived in the double-wide trailer on and off, along with several animals.”
When Judge Wallace handed down the sentence, it was noted, “I look at this as a case of elder abuse. And I am going to treat it like that, and I’m going to incarcerate you.”
Melissa Miller’s attorney had asked for house arrest and Ms. Miller claimed that her husband has epilepsy and needed her to drive him to doctors’ appointments, but to no avail. Once the sentence was handed down, it was reported that Melissa Miller turned to her husband and said, “See? I told you.” To which he responded, “That’s all right. If anything happens to me we are going to sue,” allegedly referring to the victim’s stepson.
It appeared that even in the face of six months to two years in jail, there was no remorse on the part of Melissa Miller.
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