September 25, 2012

Aide accused of stealing from client


---- — TICONDEROGA — A Putnam woman who worked as a nurse’s aide is accused of stealing more than $20,000 from a 69-year-old Ticonderoga man in her care.

Terresa M. Granger, 36, was charged by Ticonderoga Town Police with 19 counts of felony fourth-degree grand larceny, one count of felony second-degree forgery, one count of felony third-degree grand larceny and 22 counts of misdemeanor petit larceny.

She was arraigned before Ticonderoga Town Justice James O’Bryan over the weekend and released on her own recognizance to await further court action.

Police Investigator Daniel LaFrance said she is accused of illegally writing and cashing 44 checks on the man’s account over an eight-month period.

“She depleted his life savings,” LaFrance said. “He doesn’t have a dollar to his name. He asked his daughter to look at his accounts; that’s how it was discovered.”

LaFrance said the man could not understand what happened to his money when he checked bank balances.

Granger met the man, whose name was not released, when she worked at Inter-Lakes Health’s assisted-living facility in Ticonderoga. She moved the man into her home to watch over him, police said.

Granger had been taking care of the man since July or August 2011, LaFrance said. 

“He paid her so much per month to stay there (in Granger’s home).

“He couldn’t see well; he was partially blind, so she was writing the checks for him. She took a lot more than she was supposed to.”

The checks were cashed at a Ticonderoga bank, the investigator said.

Granger went on a spending spree with the money, police said, buying all sorts of items for herself.

None of the money has been recovered, LaFrance said.

The man she cared for has since moved to a Vermont assisted-living home, he said.

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