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Merrimack Valley

October 24, 2012

Home aide charged with bilking couple $4,200


Bright Star sent Rodriguez to the home in September 2011.

As part of her job, the couple gave Rodriguez the use of a gas card and the family car. The card, Quinn’s report states, was only to be used while providing care for the couple. The car was to be used while she was working, then left at the home. Both her mother and father had gas cards. The father’s gas card was the one she was allowed to use, but Quinn’s report notes that Rodriguez also allegedly took the mother’s gas card and began charging to it.

In November, 2011, the victims’ daughter said she paid the bill for the gas account. But from November to May of 2012, she didn’t receive a bill for the card. She paid $100 in January assuming the bills were misplaced, but when she called Exxon Mobil in the following months, she was told that a $1,200 balance was left on the account, with several of the charges made in North Andover, Methuen, and Tewksbury.

In July, a month after the victims’ daughter fired Rodriguez, she found the Capital One balance in a bill addressed to her mother. The card, she said, was opened by Rodriguez when she worked for the family. Quinn found that Rodriguez applied for the card using the mother’s personal information. Then, his report states, she had herself added on as an authorized user.

Quinn called Rodriguez on the number that the woman gave him, and was passed on to Rodriguez, according to the report. When he reached her, she said the gas card was taken care of, but he told her there were other unresolved issues they needed to talk about.

Rodriguez told Quinn she would come by on the following Monday, but never showed. It was then that Quinn sought criminal complaints.




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