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May 31, 2013

A Florida nursing home aide was arrested last week for reportedly using the information of several residents to file counterfeit taxes. In Florida, financial exploitation of any kind, including using personal information of the elderly, is a form of nursing home abuse.

According to reports, Portia Charleston, 23, a former nursing assistant at the Palm Garden of Winter Haven nursing home, in Winter Haven, was arrested at a traffic stop on May 26 for an outstanding warrant that was placed on her a few months back.

In March, Charleston abruptly stopped showing up for work shortly after police officers searched her home for evidence of tax fraud. Police searched the nursing home next, where they found the personal information of over 100 people in Charleston’s belongings. Social security numbers and birthdates were listed next to each person’s name. A total of 13 nursing home residents’ information was listed in the group of names.

Charleston was already a suspect for 2012 tax fraud. The Internal Revenue Service (IRS), per her arrest report, lost close to $69,000 because of her fraudulent activities. She’s charged with grand theft, scheming to defraud, and aggravated white-collar crime.

Charleston’s father is also a suspect in the tax fraud scheme. Police are currently looking for 49-year-old Norman Vince Charleston for suspicions of identity theft.

If you or a loved one have been victim to nursing home abuse, an experienced nursing home abuse lawyer may be able to assist you. At McIver Brown Law Firm, our award-winning Florida nursing home abuse lawyers have helped numerous victims win maximum financial compensation. Give us a call today for a free consultation.

Source: http://www.theledger.com/article/20130526/NEWSCHIEF/305265041

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