According to Surrey RCMP, a British Columbia home health aide faces six charges after the senior she was hired to care for was abused.
Ana Maria Lat Chamdal, 30, was charged with fraud over $5,000, possession/use of a stolen credit card, two counts of using a false document, impersonation , impersonation with intent to gain an advantage and breach of engagement.
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Police released a photo of the suspect in a bid to “advance the ongoing investigation”.
“It is disheartening to see an elderly person being exploited, especially by someone responsible for providing care,” the Corp said. Vanessa Munn. “It is also a reminder that it is important to monitor the finances of older family members to ensure they are not taken advantage of.”
The investigation was sparked by a report of a wallet stolen from the home of a 96-year-old man in Richmond.
Wallet credit and debit cards were being used fraudulently in Surrey and Delta, according to Surrey RCMP.
“The Surrey RCMP Financial Crimes Unit conducted the investigation and identified a suspect,” Munn said.
“The suspect, a home care aide, had been hired to help care for the elderly man. It is alleged that the suspect stole the wallet and used debit and credit cards fraudulently.”
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A British Columbia seniors’ advocacy firm said the situation is a reminder that seniors and family members need to keep a close eye on the finances of their loved ones.
“Any time an elderly person is exploited, it’s obviously upsetting, especially when it’s a caregiver, someone responsible for taking care of that person,” said Marie-Noel Campbell, Executive Director of Seniors First BC.
“It is important to know how to recognize these situations and to act quickly.”
Seniors First BC said it offers emotional and legal support to victims.
“(Victims) can contact us. We have the Elder Abuse Information Line and we also have a Victim Services Program,” Campbell said.
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Chamdal was arrested on July 27 and released on court-imposed conditions.
Anyone with information relating to the case is asked to contact the Surrey RCMP Financial Crimes Unit at 604-599-0502.
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