Make us your home page
Instagram

Today’s top headlines delivered to you daily.

(View our Privacy Policy)

Nurse charged with stealing from patient

NEW PORT RICHEY

Caregiver charged with stealing from patient

A 34-year-old caregiver is accused of stealing $5,150 from an 80-year-old man, who has since died.

Candace L. Aster of Holiday was arrested Thursday and charged with scheme to defraud.

The family of the victim, who lived in New Port Richey, told authorities that Aster was the victim's caregiver and also took care of his finances. Aster often gave checks to the victim's daughter to sign, according to the Pasco County Sheriff's Office report. The daughter trusted Aster, so she signed them without looking at who they were to, the report states.

Aster wrote about 22 checks to herself between September 2009 and June 2010, the report said. Aster confessed she made mistakes because she was having "hard times," according to authorities.

Aster was released Thursday from the Pasco County jail on $10,000 bail.

NEW PORT RICHEY

Former resident accused in swindle

A 61-year-old caregiver was arrested Thursday in West Virginia after a federal investigation said she swindled funds from an 80-year-old woman, who is deaf and legally blind.

A federal indictment says Rebecca Moody, formerly of New Port Richey, falsely obtained power of attorney over the woman, and used that to get a fraudulent mortgage loan on the victim's residence, without the victim's knowledge. The indictment also claims Moody stole other funds from the victim, who also lived in New Port Richey.

The case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Pasco County Sheriff's Office.

Moody was charged with one count of wire fraud and one count of transportation of stolen property in connection with a mortgage and other accounts belonging to the victim, according to the U.S. Department of Justice. If convicted, she faces up to 30 years in prison.

This article has been revised to reflect the following correction: Candace L. Aster, a caregiver accused of stealing thousands of dollars from a patient, does not hold a nursing license in Florida. The original version of this article, based on information from the Pasco County Sheriff's Office, misstated her occupation.

Nurse charged with stealing from patient 12/10/10 [Last modified: Tuesday, December 14, 2010 12:45pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times

    

Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

Loading...
  1. Trump controversies continue to take toll on Mar-a-Lago

    Blogs

    President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago Club continues to lose business in light of his controversial remarks on race and violence.

  2. Taylor Swift ends intrigue, announces new album in November

    Blogs

    Yes, Taylor Swift fans, Wednesday was a lucky one for you.

    This cover image released by Big Machine shows art for her upcoming album, "reputation," expected Nov. 10.
  3. Taking heat from some for Charlottesville remarks, Rubio denounces the 'other side'

    Blogs

    Sen. Marco Rubio, who has come under fire for not denouncing the “Antifa,” did so in a speech last night in Florida, bemoaning people “on the other side of the political spectrum who …

    Marco Rubio on the campaign trail in 2015
  4. How to make a Strawberry Banana Smoothie

    Cooking

    Don't enjoy breakfast but need to get something in your stomach? Cranky around 3 p.m. and need a jolt of energy? Have trouble getting your daily recommended fruit servings? This smoothie is the cure for all of that and more. It's become my morning go-to. The secret ingredient here is kefir, a probiotic product that's …

    Strawberry Banana Smoothie. Photo by Michelle Stark, Times food editor.