When people are entrusted to care for elderly family members and the elderly person ends up being harmed in some way, people can immediately begin to jump to conclusions about someone’s guilt or innocence. It’s easy to suspect those who are entrusted with their care, but the justice system is not about what is easy, it’s about what is right and fair.
Recently, a North Carolina woman was arrested and accused of stealing almost $2,000 from an elderly patient in her care. The woman’s alleged embezzlement was discovered by the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office after a month of investigation. She has since been arrested and remains in jail where she is facing felony charges.
The woman worked at a nursing home when the alleged embezzlement occurred. She has been accused of using the elderly patient’s bank card without his consent. Authorities believe the woman took $1,800 from the patient.
The woman is now facing felony charges of exploiting an elderly person. She has been jailed on a $5,000 secured bond. There have been no details released about the investigation or how authorities were specifically led to her.
Anytime someone is accused of embezzlement crime like this one, fingers are often pointed at those closest to that person, and it can be easy to lay blame without knowing all the facts involved. However, this woman still remains innocent until proven guilty in a North Carolina court of law. She would do well to ensure that she is aware of her legal rights as they pertain to this case. Doing so could only help her as she seeks to defend herself against these charges.
Source: Star News Online, “Nurse accused of stealing from elderly patient,” Brian Freskos, July 27, 2012