May 30, 2014

Healthcare worker guilty of stealing from 82-year-old O'Fallon woman in her care

A former home healthcare workers has been convicted of aggravated identity theft after she defrauded a patient.

Melissa Charlton, 36, of Valmeyer, pleaded guilty Thursday to the charge as well as a count of access device fraud in federal court.

According to court documents, Charlton defrauded an 82-year-old woman from O'Fallon for whom she worked as a personal nursing assistant. Charlton admitted she used the victim's credit cards and checking account to get cash and buy goods worth more than $5,000.

The victim discovered fraudulent charges on her accounts but Charlton stole replacement credit cards and continued to use them. She also used the victim's personal information to apply for another credit card without her consent.

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