An Ankeny woman who was hired to be a caretaker for a Des Moines patient with Alzheimer’s is now being accused of stealing hundreds of dollars from the patient from December 2018 to September 2019.
Patricia Welsh, 72, made the patient write checks out to her, her husband, and son, court documents show. Police say Welsh was aware the patient did not have agency, and was not capable of making the decision to write the checks.
Welsh also used the patient’s debit card to buy groceries for herself. The theft continued to occur after Welsh was fired from being the patient’s caretaker.
The patient’s son has authority over her finances, court records claim, and totaled the loss at $607.93.
Police say Welsh claimed the patient wanted to write the checks, stating the patient thought of her adult son as a grandson.
Welsh has been charged with dependent adult abuse and exploitation, a class D Felony, and fourth degree theft.
Andrea Sahouri covers breaking news for the Des Moines Register. She can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org, 515-284-8247 or on Twitter at @andreamsahouri.
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