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Health Care Worker Accused of Stealing $2,100 in Checks

Police arrested Vanessa Taylor, 46, on Thursday.

[Editor's note: Arrest information is supplied by the Fairfield Police Department. It does not indicate convictions.]

A Bridgeport woman faces larceny and forgery charges after she was arrested for allegedly stealing checks from an elderly Fairfield woman, police said.

The investigation that resulted in the arrest of Vanessa Taylor, 45, began in April of 2008, when the daughter of a  90-year-old Oldfield Drive resident reported that she suspected her mother's home health care worker stole checks, forged her mother's signature, and cashed them, department spokesperson Sgt. Sue Lussier said.

According to the police report, the victim accused Taylor of stealing her checkbook and cashing $2,100 in checks from her People's United Bank Account.

During the investigation, police found that Taylor allegedly used the victim's People's Bank account to pay her own Cablevision bills over a three-month period between February and April 2008, totaling $663, according to the report.

Fairfield police worked in cooperating with Peoples United Bank Fraud Investigators to solve and crime and prevent further financial hardship to the victim.

Taylor was arrested on a warrant for second-degree larceny and second-degree forgery on Thursday, Nov. 29. She was held in lieu of a $3,500 bond and is scheduled to appear in court on Dec. 7.

chris December 03, 2012 at 03:42 PM
How do these people get these jobs? Obviously the ones hiring them are too self absorbed to check them out, they just don't want to be bothered having to care for their elderly parents and will take anyone who comes along? The best are the ones who advertise in the paper... start immediately!! Your parents took care of you when you weren't able to and these people need to remember that...
maryHelen Melnick December 09, 2012 at 04:47 PM
Chris: These people get these jobs buy signing up for several agencies at a same time. when they find a famly they can steel from they start only after getting the famiies confidence first. then when the family finally suspects something is not right they call in and say they can not work for this agency do to persohnal problems and then go to work for another agency they already have signed up for before. then the situation starts all over again.
John Jameson December 10, 2012 at 01:39 AM
First, not ALL home health aides are working these jobs with the goal of ripping people off. My father has had a home health aide in twice a week since his fall. She is lovely and very dedicated. And we have a health aide come, Chris,not because we can't be bothered to help care for him--we all are there when we ourselves are not working. I'm certainly not going to defend this woman who is accused of stealing--but I do want to say that home health aides are not highly paid and many of them work more than one job. Often they work at a nursing home and do home health care as a second job.

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