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Pasco caretaker accused of draining $28,000 from dementia patient

A caretaker was arrested Monday after, Pasco deputies say, she hijacked a 76-year-old patient's bank account.

Leanne Ridenour, 48, "was put in a position of trust" to watch over the patient, who suffers from dementia, a Pasco County Sheriff's Office report states. Ridenour was given power of attorney to use the patient's bank account.

Between Dec. 31 and March 15, the report states, she withdrew $28,500 "for her own personal use." She was working as an independent caregiver, not for a company, said sheriff's spokesman Doug Tobin.

Ridenour of New Port Richey was arrested on a charge of exploitation of the elderly.

She has been released from the Land O'Lakes jail on $10,000 bail.

Pasco caretaker accused of draining $28,000 from dementia patient 05/02/13 [Last modified: Thursday, May 2, 2013 9:37pm]
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