Home health aide allegedly stole from elderly Forest Hills patient

A home health aide has been indicted on charges she stole $55,000 from an ailing Queens senior who was under her care, authorities said.

Tameka Nunes, 31, of the Bronx, faces up to 15 years in prison for grand larceny and criminal possession of stolen property.

District Attorney Richard Brown said Nunes systematically — almost daily for six months — withdrew hundreds of dollars from the bank account of a 98-year-old woman who suffers from dementia and Alzheimer’s disease.

“This is a tragic case of a health care worker who was entrusted to look after the well-being of this frail woman but instead allegedly treated her as a cash cow,” Brown said.

Most of the ATM withdrawals took place at a bank near the victim’s Forest Hills home, according to bank video surveillance obtained by the district attorney.

The victim’s bank, J.P. Morgan Chase, has opened a fraud investigation. It has been referred to the city’s Adult Protective Services.

Nunes was ordered held on $15,000 bail and is scheduled return to court on September 13.



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