A case worker for the state Department of Children and Families has been arrested on charges of stealing from an elderly woman with dementia whose case she had been assigned to investigate.
Mindi Marie Berry, 33, is accused by police of copying the 85-year-old Palm Beach woman's financial documents and making ATM withdrawals and debit card purchases from the woman's bank account — to the tune of more than $1,500.
When confronted, Berry told Palm Beach police detectives that she knew the woman had already been the victim of identity theft and thought that her actions would be blamed on the previous culprit, according to an arrest report.
Berry was booked into the Palm Beach County Jail on charges of organized scheme to defraud, grand theft from a person 65 years or older, fraudulent use of a credit card and fraudulent use of personal I.D. information.
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Police: DCF Worker Stole From Elderly Woman She Was Assigned to Investigate