Two assholes have been charged with stealing over $11,000 dollars from an elderly woman in Henrico County.
Nora James-Burnett and Frederick Burnett face more than 125 charges after they allegedly stole and forged checks belonging to the 76-year-old victim.
Burnett-James had been working as a care provider for the woman who lives on Carlway Court.
The woman had noticed her checking account was overdrawn, so she went to her credit union to investigate. The bank discovered more than a dozen checks made out to Frederick Burnett for a total of $11,483.
The victim says someone at her church recommended James-Burnett as a care provider.
Liz Havenner with Virginia’s Department with Aging and Rehabilitative Services says personal referrals are common, but adds that agencies are typically a more reliable way to find caregivers.
Agencies do background checks and offer more accountability, but it does come at a cost. Havenner says agency care providers can cost from $20 to $40 more per hour.
If you can’t afford to go that route, she insists you should pay close attention to your care provider. It’s also best to avoid creating opportunities for them to take advantage.
“Make sure you know where those checkbooks are,” Havenner explained. “Make sure you know where the money is. You need to be going in and watching and being observant because it could happen. It doesn’t always happen, but it does happen sometimes.”
Both Burnetts are being held without bond. They are due in court next year.