Mount Pleasant police say a 53-year-old woman working as a caregiver for an Alzheimer’s patient stole her patient’s debit card to buy cigarettes and other items.
Kimberly Gandy, of Racine, was charged Friday in Racine County Circuit Court with one felony count each of forgery and identity theft. If convicted, she faces up to 12 years in prison and/or up to $20,000 in fines.
According to the criminal complaint, police were called Tuesday to a residence for a report of a stolen debit card. A man told officers his mother has Alzheimer’s and requires care around the clock, and there are three female caregivers from outside the family – including Gandy – who take care of her. The man said all caregivers are aware of the location of the debit card and that it is only to be used to purchase items to care for the woman.
Police say the man checked purchase records for his mother’s bank account and discovered more than $300 in transactions at locations not associated with his mother’s care. A good number of those purchases took place at a gas station/convenience store near Gandy’s home.
When officers viewed surveillance video from the store for a purchase made on Oct. 24, they witnessed Gandy arrive in a red SUV and purchase cigarettes by signing the computer key pad, the complaint reads. A store clerk called police Thursday to report that Gandy had been in the store using the debit card again on Monday and Tuesday. The clerk asked Gandy for identification, but the defendant said she didn’t have any and a lady at work said she could use the card.
Officers say they planned to talk with Gandy when she arrived for work on Thursday, but she called in sick so they went to her home instead. When they told Gandy she was being arrested for forgery and identity theft because she used someone else’s debit card, she asked, “How can it be a felony? I only did it one time.”
Gandy was assigned a $1,000 signature bond at her initial appearance Friday and ordered not to have any contact with the Alzheimer’s patient or her family. Gandy will next be in court Nov. 18 for her preliminary hearing.
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