Home health aid accused of stealing thousands of dollars from elderly victim, police say

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Aug. 21 2021, Published 4:59 p.m. ET

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A home health aid is accused of stealing nearly $35,000 from the woman she was supposed to be caring for, police announced.

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On Nov. 23, 2020, an 87-year-old reported the theft of checks from their home, according to police in Naples, Florida.

The victim estimated the stolen checks were used to take $34,000, according to Naples police.

Police say they conducted an extensive investigation and determined the victim’s contracted health aid deposited the stolen checks in her personal account. The suspect, Victoria Siah Fayiah, took the money without authorization.

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Police arrested Fayiah this week, about nine months after the victim reported the theft.

Authorities did not say why it took months to arrest the suspect. They also didn’t detail what Fayiah allegedly used the stolen money to purchase.

Fayiah was charged with two counts of exploitation of an elderly/disabled adult between $10,000 and $50,000, obtaining property by fraud between $20,000 and $50,000, fraudulent use of personal identification information for a person 60 years old or older and grand theft from a person 65 years old or older between $10,000 and $50,0000

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