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Merrimack Valley

October 24, 2012

Home aide charged with bilking couple $4,200

GLOUCESTER — A Methuen woman who had worked in Gloucester as a home health aide was arrested yesterday and charged with stealing roughly $4,200 over the past year from an elderly local couple who had employed her as a full-time caregiver.

The woman, Glendalis Rodriguez, 25, of 8 Kernwood Ave., Methuen, was arraigned in Gloucester District Court Tuesday afternoon. She faces charges of identity fraud, larceny by false pretense, larceny from a person over the age of 60, two counts of fraudulent use of a credit card, and two counts of larceny over $250.

According to the arrest report, Rodriguez took out a credit card under the name of the woman in her care, and stole the woman’s Exxon Mobil gas card. Police arrested her on a warrant Tuesday after she had failed to appear in Gloucester District Court on the charges on Monday.

Rodriguez is scheduled for a pretrial conference in court in December, and is being represented by Gloucester Attorney Thomas O’Shea.

The arrest follows a two-month investigation by Gloucester Detective Thomas Quinn.

According to his report, the victims’ daughter filed a report with police saying that Rodriguez worked as a caretaker for her elderly parents, though she had been dismissed from providing care for them in June.

After Rodriguez left, the woman told police, she found that Rodriguez had opened an account with Capital One in her mother’s name in addition to taking the other’s gas card. She left a $971 balance on the gas card and a $3,259 balance on the credit card, according to the police report.

On Sept. 16, the alleged victims’ daughter came back and talked with Quinn. She said her parents, both in their 80s, contracted with Bright Star, a national home-health care company with local offices in Danvers, Hamilton, Milton and Newburyport, to provide round-the-clock care at their home on Wingaersheek Road. Her father, the woman said, had a terminal illness and her mother suffered from dementia.

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