Health aide charged with ripping off Stamford woman
STAMFORD — A home health aid from Waterbury was arrested on Wednesday and charged with stealing four checks worth $1,375 from an 89-year-old Stamford woman last year.
Kenya Smith, 44, of Parkwood Avenue, was charged with second-degree larceny and was released after posting a $25,000 court appearance bond.
Financial Crimes Sgt. Steven Perrotta said the elderly city resident complained to police in mid-October when she found that the checks were missing and had been cashed.
The woman said she met Smith at a local retirement home where she was staying for a time and hired her when she decided to move back to her apartment.
But the woman said that while Smith was caring for her she wrote out several checks without permission.
One check, which had a notation on it for reimbursement for groceries was made out to Smith for $300. Five days later in September another check made out to Smith was for $250.
When police talked to Smith she told them that writing the checks out to herself might have appeared to be improper, but she insisted that the elderly woman told her to write the checks to herself.
The woman however, said she would never have allowed Smith to write checks out to herself, adding she never has paid that much for groceries and she never would have been able to eat such an amount of food.
Another check of the elderly woman’s was made out to an insurance company for $800, which she did not have an insurance policy with and another check for $25 also appears to have been stolen and cashed.