A home healthcare worker in Fairfield County is facing charges after allegedly stealing more than $20,000 from an elderly patient suffering from dementia that she was caring for in Shelton.
On Wednesday, April 17, officers from the Shelton Police Department arrested Jennifer Poitevien, 30, following a complaint from a man who stated his 83-year-old mother had been bilked out of “a large sum of money” that was missing from her bank account.
Police said that detectives investigated the matter and found that the elderly victim had Poitevien from LIFETIME Care at Home in Guilford working as a home health aide. During the investigation, it was determined that Poitevien made ATM withdraws with the victim’s credit card and opened another card in her victim’s name. It was later discovered that Poitevien withdrew more than $22,000.00 from her victim’s bank accounts beginning in April last year.
Poitevien was arrested and charged with larceny, credit card theft and identity theft. She was released on a $5,000 bond and is scheduled to appear in Derby Superior Court on May 1 to respond to the charges.
In a statement, LIFETIME Care at Home said Poitevien was no longer employed there.
“The safety and care of our LIFETIME Care at Home clients and their loved ones has always been and remains our highest priority,” the statement read. “We conduct extensive vetting prior to offering employment, including a 10-year nationwide criminal background check. Since the time we were notified by the police of these accusations, Ms. Poitevien’s employment was terminated and we have been cooperating with police to the fullest extent.”
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