A former home care aide is being sought on multiple charges after an Elderberry Place man discovered 102 unauthorized transactions against his bank card, Town of Niagara Police reported.
The victim, who is on a fixed income and rarely leaves his home, told police that he went to an automated teller machine recently to withdraw some money and the transaction was declined due to insufficient funds. Upon checking his account, he discovered unauthorized transactions totaling more than $9,000 that dated back to last November. Most of the transactions had occurred online, although several purchases were made at different area stores.
Most of the local purchases were made at a pizzeria near the former aide’s home in Newfane, police said. Investigators said they also tracked one of the purchases to a local Sam’s Club store, where the former aide was seen on surveillance video – accompanied by her husband and two children – making a purchase with the victim’s debit card.
Investigators have applied for arrest warrants charging the former aide with third- and fourth-degree grand larceny, second-degree forgery, first-degree identity theft and two counts of endangering the welfare of a child.