Caregiver charged with stealing patient's cash
POSTED: Monday, November 29, 2010 - 3:30pm
UPDATED: Thursday, October 18, 2012 - 8:24am
PORT ALLEN, La -- The Port Allen Police Department’s Criminal Investigations Division has arrested Sharon Smith (D.O.B. 02-20-1967, 8678 St. Cecilia Street New Roads, LA. on (89) counts of Felony Theft, (41) counts of Forgery and (1) count of Exploitation of the Infirmed. Smith has been booked into the West Baton Rouge Detention Center. Her bond has not been set as of this release.
Smith was a Home Health Nurse who was providing care to a 63 yr. old male in Port Allen, LA., who has Parkinson’s Disease. Over an eight month period, Smith accessed the victim’s Bank account to pay her personal bills and fund her lifestyle. She took approximately $11,000.00 from the victim’s account.
The Port Allen Police Department is working hard to combat crimes against the elderly and infirmed. We ask that family members and loved ones pay extra attention to the finances of these individuals, especially during the holidays.