ID Theft Ring Targets The Elderly

By: Cynthia Ibarra Email
By: Cynthia Ibarra Email

Police say they got suspicious when collection agencies started contacting nursing home residents about big purchases and cash advances.

An investigation led them to two women: Kimberly Knight, 32, who worked at Carmel Manor nursing home in Fort Thomas and Latoya Bounds, 32, hired by Atria Highland Crossing in Fort Wright.

Bounds was allegedly able to get a wealth of information in less than a full days work. She was let go just after hours on the job.

"We believe in that short period of time she was there, she had access to that information and got it", said Assistant County attorney, Andrew Berghausen.

Police say Bounds used a fake name to get the job. She is still on the loose. Knight will be sentenced next week.

Investigators say the ID theft ring involved several other people and may include other nursing homes in the Cincinnati area. Four people have been arrested, two are still on the loose.

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  • by DC Location: Hazard on May 1, 2008 at 09:57 AM
    To the people that victimized these folks: you WILL be caught. then, go to jail, go directly to jail, I hope, for at least five years. Gooday.
  • by Darcy Location: GT on May 1, 2008 at 09:22 AM
    I feel sorry for the elderly, and if we all live long enough, we will be elderly too. What goes around, comes around, you can be sure of that. Mistreat an elderly person, you will be mistreated as an elderly person. These people think they get away with something, but they don't. I know that nursing homes are needful at times, but not always. Nursing homes are full of elderly people that no one wants to be responsible for. Then there are those who really need 24 hr care, and that is understandable. As for myself, I hate the places, the elderly are left alone, and neglected mostly, and that is because of understaffing. Not only that, people just don't have love in their hearts like they should. You think its bad now, just give it another few years, or perhaps even months. Things are getting worse by the day, and people's love is growing cold. I wish I could be a compliance person where these place's are concerned, man would I have a field day!
  • by c Location: fkt on May 1, 2008 at 04:53 AM
    This is really sad! These two scumbags preyed on the elderly who cannot defend themselves! The nursing homes should keep on the patient information in a restricted area. Don't let the patients keep any personal information on them. That way scum like this will not be able to get their greedy hands on it!


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