June 10, 2011
A nursing assistant at Villa Valencia senior living community in Laguna Hills, California was arrested under suspicion that he stole credit cards from at least three nursing home residents, spending approximately $4000.
The man was caught on a store video camera using a stolen credit card and was identified by nursing home workers. Two other credit card thefts are suspected to be tied to the same caretaker, and police are investigating if there were more victims.
The man, who worked at the nursing home since 2009, was arrested on suspicion of elder financial abuse, burglary, and identity theft.
Financial nursing home abuse is one of the more common ways our elders can be taken advantage of and abused while in a nursing home. Family member of nursing home residents are encouraged to keep track of their loved one’s finances and report any suspicious activity to the police. You may also want to contact a nursing home abuse lawyer to go over your legal options.