Woman hired to care for elderly person charged with stealing debit card

Kenya A. Morgan, of East St. Louis
Kenya A. Morgan, of East St. Louis Caseyville Police Department

An East St. Louis woman who was hired to care for an elderly person has been charged with stealing that person’s debit card.

Kenya A. Morgan, 24, was charged in St. Clair County Court on Thursday, charging documents indicate. She faces one count of financial exploitation of the elderly and two counts of unlawful use of a debit card, all of which are felonies.

Caseyville police said that on Tuesday they took a report of fraudulent activity via debit card. After looking through surveillance footage, the person who made the report identified the person who stole the card as Morgan, who was hired to help out several times a week through an agency.

Police believe Morgan stole the debit card from the elderly person while on a paid visit to the person’s home. Charging documents state that Morgan used the card to withdraw cash, pay for gas and buy a beverage. The amount of fraudulent activity on the card did not exceed $300.

Morgan’s bail was set at $30,000.

Hana Muslic has been a public safety reporter for the Belleville News-Democrat since August 2018, covering everything from crime and courts to accidents, fires and natural disasters. She is a graduate of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln’s College of Journalism and her previous work can be found in The Lincoln Journal-Star and The Kansas City Star.