A BC in-home care aide is facing six charges after the senior she was hired to care for was taken advantage of, according to Surrey RCMP.
Ana Maria Lat Chamdal, 30, has been charged with fraud over $ 5,000, possession / use of a stolen credit card, two counts of using a forged document, identity theft, personation with intent to gain advantage and breach of undertaking.
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Police have released a photo of the suspect with an aim to “advance the ongoing investigation.”
“It is disheartening to see an elderly person taken advantage of, especially by a person entrusted with providing care for them,” said Corp. Vanessa Munn. “This also serves as a reminder that it’s important to monitor elderly family member’s finances to ensure that they are not being exploited.”
The investigation was sparked by a report of a wallet having been stolen from a 96-year-old man’s home in Richmond.
Credit and debit cards from the wallet were being fraudulently used in Surrey and Delta, according to Surrey RCMP.
“Surrey RCMP financial crime unit took conduct of the investigation and identified a suspect,” said Munn.
“The suspect, an in-home care aide, had been hired to assist with caring for the elderly man. It is alleged the suspect stole the wallet and fraudulently used debit and credit cards. “
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A legal advocacy company for BC seniors said the situation is a reminder that seniors and family members need to keep a close eye on finances for loved ones.
“Whenever an older person is taken advantage of, it is obviously distressing, particularly when it involves a care aid, someone entrusted in taking care of that person,” said Marie-Noel Campbell, Seniors First BC’s executive director.
“It is important to know how to recognize these situations and act quickly.”
Seniors First BC said it has emotional and legal support for victims.
“(Victims) can contact us. We have the senior-abuse informational line and we also have a victim services program, ”Campbell said.
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Chamdal was arrested on July 27, and has been released on court imposed conditions.
Anyone with information relating to the case is asked to contact Surrey RCMP’s financial crime unit at 604-599-0502.
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