Tuesday, May 4, 2021

East St.Louis Caretaker Sentenced to Prison for Stealing Identities of Elderly Clients

Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Southern District of Illinois


Thursday, April 22, 2021

EAST ST. LOUIS, Ill. – A woman who abused her employment with an in-home health care company and stole the identities of her elderly clients is heading to prison. Erica S. Rose, 31, of East Saint Louis, Illinois, was sentenced today to one year and one day in federal prison and two years of court supervision after her release. Rose pled guilty to conspiracy to commit bank fraud and wire fraud and aggravated identity theft last November.

In 2018, Rose worked for a company called CareLink and gained access to the homes of her elderly victims as their hired caretaker. While inside, she stole social security numbers and other identifying information  and  passed  the  stolen  information  along  to  her  co-defendant, Ashley  McKinney. McKinney  allegedly  used  victims’  funds  and  identities  to  withdraw  money from  ATMs,  deposit fraudulent checks, and even purchase a car online for over $28,000.

There is an outstanding warrant for McKinney’s arrest in this case.

As part of her sentence, Rose was ordered to pay $9,864.71 in restitution.

The investigation was conducted by detectives from the Edwardsville Police Department, Belleville Police Department, Swansea Police Department, and St. Clair County   heriff’s Office. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Luke J. Weissler.


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