Police: Health Aide Stole from Elderly Couple
BILLERICA -- A home health aide is accused of stealing a credit card from the elderly couple she was taking care of and charging more than $5,000 to the card during a spending spree that included a trip to Foxwoods Resort Casino, according to police.
Christine Wojcik, 47, of Billerica, was arrested Monday on charges of larceny over $1,200 through a single scheme, receiving a stolen credit card, and misleading a police investigation.
At her arraignment Tuesday in Lowell District Court, Wojcik was released on personal recognizance. Her next court date is April 18.
Wojcik was hired by the alleged victim’s family to provide home health assistance to a woman in her late 80s and a man in his early 90s, according to police.
After the 89-year-old woman died last year, a family member found dozens of charges on the couple’s credit card, which was only for emergency needs.
The family contacted police, and Billerica detectives discovered digital evidence showing Wojcik using the card throughout the Greater Lowell area and at Foxwoods in Connecticut, according to police.
It was not immediately clear if Wojcik has hired an attorney. She could not immediately be reached for comment.
“I can’t believe she did this,” said Rosanne Campbell, daughter of the 91-year-old man and the late 89-year-old woman. “Just a complete state of shock. It’s sad because my mother really trusted her.”
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