Fort Lauderdale Police: Home Health Aides Stole $386K From 99-Year Old Patient

WPLG Fort Lauderdale is reporting that two independent home health aides have been arrested, accused of stealing a combined $386,000 from their patient, who is in her late 90s.

Angela Byrd, 45, and Tanecia Josephs, 25, were arrested Tuesday in connection with the theft from the victim, who is now 99 years old.

Fort Lauderdale police said Byrd worked for the woman, who required 24-hour, in-home care, for 26 months, starting when the woman was 95 years old.

During that time, police said, Byrd stole $341,230 from the woman by having extra money added to her paycheck and having extra checks written in her name.

Police said they believe Josephs, who was dating Byrd’s son, covered for Byrd for less than one week in 2008 and received an additional $45,355.

The aides were supposed to be $15 to $20 an hour, officials said.

The alleged victim’s family found out that she was paying an exorbitant amount of money for her health care, and they notified police, according to investigators.

Josephs and Byrd face charges of grand theft on a person 65 or older and exploitation of the elderly.

Family members and attorneys argued for Josephs and Byrd in court, but in the end, the judge set Byrd’s bond at $175,000 and Josephs’ at $35,000.

Update

A third suspect connected with the alleged fraud was arrested Wednesday. Tashau Edwards, 34, was arrested after she surrendered to detectives at the Fort Lauderdale Police Department.

All three women face charges of grand theft of a person 65 or older and exploitation of the elderly.

Police said they believe Edwards has been employed again as a home health aide since leaving the home of the alleged victim. They are concerned there may have been more victims.

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