In a criminal complaint, police alleged that Ellsworth stole credit cards and checks from residents at Richland Woods, an assisted living community at
One of the residents Ellsworth allegedly stole from is an 87-year-old woman with dementia.
Police accused Ellsworth of using the stolen credit cards to buy items from August to December at stores including
Ellsworth initially denied taking anything from the residents. But after she was confronted with a video showing her using a stolen ATM card at
"I'm embarrassed," she told District Judge
She was released on
Police said they started the investigation after relatives of the residents noticed suspicious transactions on credit card statements.
"It started with one family and it snowballed from there," Officer
Richland Woods co-owner
"Within two hours (Ellsworth) was removed," he said. "She has not been back. Nor will she ever be back."
Ellsworth was a resident assistant and had been working at the facility less than 90 days, Coughlin said.
A criminal background check and drug test showed nothing, and Ellsworth's certified nurses aid license with the state was clean, Coughlin said.
She was trained on recognizing and reporting patient abuse, he said.
Coughlin said he believes no family lost money.
"We are delighted that family and residents rallied together to protect our community," Coughlin said.
Police said Ellsworth gave them a large amount of the merchandise she had purchased.
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