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.