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Former Retirement Home Employee Charged with Stealing from Residents

Anyone with relatives in the Berwick Retirement Home in Berwick, Columbia County, should take heed to the following article from WNEP.com. A former employee has been charged with stealing $24,600 from residents while she worked at the home. And according to police, that number could grow.

Berwick police said the former employee faces charges of forgery and theft for opening credit cards in residents’ names and cashing their personal checks for more than the amount they asked for, pocketing the difference herself. She worked at the Berwick Retirement Home from February 2011 until June of this year, and was in charge of residents’ accounts. It is also alleged that she took money from the retirement home’s safe.

Police said an internal audit is being done and that the sum of money she took could be more than initially discovered. Her preliminary hearing is scheduled for August 15.