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.