Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Woman admits to stealing from elderly patient

An Augusta woman who stole nearly $2,000 from an elderly personal care home patient pleaded guilty Thursday.

Tradona T. Allen, 31, pleaded in Richmond County Superior Court to exploitation or intimidation of elderly persons, identity fraud, financial transaction card theft, and financial transaction card fraud.

Chief Judge Carl C. Brown Jr. sentenced Allen to 10 years on probation under the First Offender Act, ordered her to pay $1,725.21 in restitution, and pay a $1,500 fine or perform an equivalent amount of community service.

As special conditions of probation, Brown ordered Allen to neither work in any personal care home setting nor work with an elderly person. Assistant District Attorney Justin Mullis told the judge that he was recommending probation because Allen had no prior criminal history.

Defense attorney Jesse Owen sought a short probation term for Allen, telling the judge she always intended to repay the victim, described in the indictment as a man over the age of 65.

Mullis said another employee of the Golden Living Community personal care home on Lee Street discovered bank payments that the victim couldn’t have made because he was in the Charlie Norwood VA Medical Center from Nov. 20 to Dec. 31, 2016 when purchases were made.

There were at least 18 charges, such as $606 to Verizon and $200 to Amazon, Mullis said.

Allen worked at the home and was friendly with the victim. After the theft was discovered Allen was fired.

Exploitation or intimidation of elderly persons is a felony offense punishable by up to 20 years in prison.

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1 comment:

Finny said...

She should be barred from any job involving the elderly too.