A former home health care worker from Knoxville is out of work and facing a list of charges after she allegedly took advantage of a disabled elderly client. The victim in this case was an 87 year old woman who has suffered a stroke. She struggled to complete some basic tasks of everyday life and Christine Bethann Maples was hired through an agency to provide care and support to her.
Unfortunately, Ms. Maples allegedly decided to use the victim’s debit card to pamper herself. When authorities were contacted by the victim’s son, they began to track Ms. Maples purchases made with the fraudulently obtained card. Ms. Maples allegedly visited and purchased items from a wide range of retail outlets, including Victoria’s Secret, Hobby Lobby, Pilot service plazas, Nail Design, and other area retailers.
When the authorities began investigating the case, they discovered that there were other alleged victims of this caregiver. They found at least four other people who claim to have been victimized by Ms. Maples, including one client who claims this aide stole two envelopes from her purse that contained a total of $2,000.
Ms. Maples had been hired by Home Instead Senior Care and a representative of the company, Amy Hull, provided a statement. According to Local 8 Now news, in the blog entitled, Home health care worker charged with exploitation of adult, written by Dave Detling:
“At the time, Maples was working as a home health care provider through Home Instead Senior Care.
In a statement, businesses owner Amy Hull said:
“Prior to placing a caregiver in a client’s home, we conduct rigorous third-party background checks, as well as personal and professional reference checks. These were all completed in this instance, and we did not find any history of inappropriate behavior. Upon learning of these allegations, the employee was suspended immediately and has since been fired. We have cooperated fully with the authorities and will to continue to do so throughout this investigation.”
Authorities are still investigating the case and Ms. Maples has been charged with a number of offenses, including identity theft, exploitation of an adult, forgery, and theft. If anyone believes they may have been a victim of Ms. Maples while she was providing any type of care or support for them or for a loved one, they are urged to contact the Knoxville Police Department.
There was no immediate word on whether Ms. Maples had retained legal counsel or when an initial court date would take place.