Make us your home page

Today’s top headlines delivered to you daily.

(View our Privacy Policy)

Caregiver used elderly woman's ATM card, Pasco deputies say



NEW PORT RICHEY — A caregiver tasked with buying an elderly woman's groceries stole at least $500 from the woman's checking account, deputies said.

Julisa Walker, a part-time caregiver for Bayada Nurses, was hired to help maintain the home of an 86-year-old woman, who suffered from dementia and short-term memory loss.

But in June, Walker, 19, withdrew $500 of the woman's money from an ATM without her knowledge, according to a Pasco County Sheriff's Office report. Deputies said another unknown person cashed a check of the victim's for $2,500 later that month, and someone using the victim's debit card tried to withdraw $600 in Dade City.

A volunteer with CARES, a local nonprofit that helps the elderly pay their bills, discovered the odd charges and reported them to deputies, who gathered bank video footage linking the withdrawal to Walker, the report said.

Walker, of Spring Hill, was arrested Tuesday on a charge of exploitation of the elderly. She was released later that day on $5,000 bail.

She had quit Bayada Nurses before her arrest, deputies said. Rick Buck, a spokesman for Bayada Nurses in Mount Laurel, N.J., said the company was "shocked and appalled" at the alleged theft and would make full restitution.

"We are also working with the authorities to ensure justice prevails," Buck said.

Caregiver used elderly woman's ATM card, Pasco deputies say 09/15/10 [Last modified: Wednesday, September 15, 2010 10:02pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times


Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

  1. Iraq's Kurds vote on independence, raising regional fears


    IRBIL, Iraq — Iraqi Kurds voted Monday in a landmark referendum on supporting independence, a move billed by the Kurdish leadership as an exercise in self-determination but viewed as a hostile act by Iraq's central government. Neighboring Turkey even threatened a military response.

    People celebrate Monday after voting closed in a referendum on independence in Irbil, Iraq.
  2. North Korean diplomat says Trump has 'declared war'


    UNITED NATIONS — North Korea's top diplomat said Monday that U.S. President Donald Trump's weekend tweet was a "declaration of war" and North Korea has the right to retaliate by shooting down U.S. bombers, even in international airspace.

    North Korean Foreign Minister Ri Yong Ho, center, speaks outside the U.N. Plaza Hotel in New York on Monday,.
  3. No toll lanes north of downtown Tampa in three of four interstate proposals


    TAMPA — Express lanes may not be coming to downtown Tampa after all. Or at least not to the stretch of Interstate 275 that goes north through Bearss Avenue.

    Seminole Heights resident Kimberly Overman discusses the new interstate options with V.M. Ybor resident Chris Vela (left), Hillsborough County Commissioner Pat Kemp and HNTB consultant Chloe Coney during a Tampa Bay Express meeting Monday night at the Barrymore Hotel. [CAITLIN JOHNSTON  |  Times]
  4. Pinellas grants St. Pete's request to add millions to pier budget

    Local Government

    Times Staff Writer

    The Pinellas County Commission has granted St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman's request to dedicate millions more toward the city's new pier.

    The St. Petersburg City Council on Thursday  voted 7-1 to appropriate $17.6 million for the over-water portion of the Pier District. This is a rendering of what the new Pier District could look like. [Courtesy of St. Petersburg]
  5. Man injured when small helicopter crashes into Odessa home


    ODESSA — A small manned helicopter crashed into the roof of a house in northwest Hillsborough County on Monday, injuring a pilot, officials said.

    Rescuers respond to a crash of a small helicopter on the roof of a home in the Odessa area on Monday. [Hillsborough County Fire Rescue]