A 70-year old nursing home resident in Indiana was taken advantage of to the tune of more than $60,000 by a nursing assistant who was supposed to be caring for him, according to investigators and WAVE3 News in Louisville, Kentucky.
Authorities have charged the assistant, Margaret Densford, 46, and her daughter, Jessica Densford, 26, who she allegedly used to cash the checks, with theft, according to WAVE3.
The resident, who is in good mental health, thought Densford would pay him back. Authorities assert Densford coaxed the man, a veteran who is in a wheelchair and suffering from kidney failure, into writing her personal checks payable to her daughter.
The checks kept coming, eventually totaling 60,125 dollars, according to WAVE3.
“In his mind, he thought it was 10,000 or 11,000,” said Clark County Deputy Prosecturo Jeremy Mull.
But the resident was severely mistaken, both about the dollar amount and the sincerity of his caretakers. He had been under the care of Densford for four years by the time she was charged in early September, according to WAVE3.
Densford’s daughter cashed the checks and then distributed the money to her mother, according to police. The trusting trickery allegedly took place at Kindred Transitional Care and Rehab in Clarksville, Indiana, which is located just north of Louisville across the Ohio River.
“The employee who was allegedly involved in this situation no longer works here,” Kindred said in a statement to WAVE3.
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