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Care provider arrested for forgery and identity theft

Crimes involving identity theft, forgery and similar acts are usually perceived as having to do with large schemes in dark rooms and corporate entities. However, Nashville residents can also be charged with white collar crimes for committing the above-mentioned acts as well as other illegal activities in individual situations such as working for someone in their home. Whether the arrest is made as part of an investigation into a major enterprise with many participants or involves as few as two people, it is vital to craft a strong legal defense to avoid the harshest penalties.

A woman who had been hired to care for elderly people was placed under arrest for several white collar crimes. The woman, 49, had been hired by a service to care for impaired and elderly people. Adult Protective Services filed a complaint as to what they believed was happening and a law enforcement investigation commenced. It was found that the woman had allegedly stolen a check for $800 from a client and cashed it. The woman is accused of using the money to pay her rent. She was indicted on identity theft, forgery and abuse or neglect of a person 60 or older. She is no longer working for the company.

People who are placed under arrest for crimes that are not linked to violence, drugs or other more common crimes might not realize the seriousness with which white collar allegations are treated. These crimes often lead to harsher penalties than violent crimes. Often, they are tried in federal court. With the growing trend of people using various tactics to steal from others such as internet scams, insider trading, fraud and more, arrests on charges such as these are growing more common. A person arrested can lose a job, be incarcerated, have heavy fines levied and more. A strong defense is essential.

In this case, a woman who was working as a caregiver was arrested for allegedly stealing a check belonging to a person for whom she was caring. While the charges are serious, that does not automatically mean she is guilty. It is possible that this was a simple misunderstanding. Even if the woman was doing something she should not have done, there is a chance that she could have the charges reduced or receive a plea bargain. There could be extenuating circumstances. Having help from an attorney experienced in white collar cases is imperative to lodging a defense.

Source:, "Caregiver charged after stealing check from client and using it to pay rent," Katie Grunik, April 24, 2017

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