A Pekin woman, hired to help care for an elderly woman’s dying husband, allegedly stole from her employer through credit card purchases totaling $1,441.
Patricia Norris, 24, faces probation to up to five years in prison if she’s convicted of the theft-related felony filed against her Monday.
Norris, of 104 Edds St., was charged with unlawful use of an account number after she initially was booked into jail Saturday on a more serious charge of financial exploitation of the elderly.
She was hired on April 1 through a Pekin-based home health care service to help the Tremont woman care for her husband and continued in that role through June, according to a prosecutor’s court affidavit.
Police were summoned Sept. 20 to the Tremont First National Bank, where the woman revealed how Norris allegedly abused the trust placed in her.
She had given Norris her credit card number to buy medical supplies through the Internet. The woman’s credit card bills and further investigation subsequently revealed Norris had purchased items on the Amazon.com and Jet.com websites that were mailed directly to her home, the affidavit stated.
Norris, interviewed by police last Thursday, denied charging any items for herself on the woman’s credit card, the affidavit stated. It did not identify the items she allegedly purchased.
Norris is free on $3,000 bond pending her Oct. 26 arraignment.
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