Police arrest healthcare aid for defrauding elderly with Alzheimer’s

STAMFORD, Conn. (WTNH) — The Stamford Police Department announced the arrest today of a home healthcare aid who stole thousands of dollars from an 81-year-old patient suffering from advanced Alzheimer’s disease.

The family of the victim hired Philliann Barnett and entrusted her with the care of their patient. According to police, upon hiring Barnett, she immediately stole the victim’s identity and opened new cards in her name. Barnett used pre-existing credit cards and charged personal items on them. She withdrew money from the victim’s bank account and utilized the account to pay her own personal bills.

An officer with the Financial Crimes unit who undertook the case quickly discovered that Barnett was responsible for numerous acts of defraud that led to the losses of over $26,000 to her victim. On Dec 1, the Stamford Police Department arrested Barnett. She was charged with larceny in the first and second-degree, credit card theft, identity theft first-degree, forgery third-degree and as well as other charges related to the case.

Police say Barnett has open cases in Ridgefield and Wilton and seeks victims with diminished mental capacity. She is also suspected of stealing jewelry from her victim in the Stamford case. Barnett, of Bridgeport, was held on a $150,000 bond and is scheduled to appear in court on Dec 15.

Barnett has used the following aliases: Nikki Daley, Nikki Barber, Philliann Barber, Philliann Burke. Police ask anyone who recognizes Barnett or may have purchased any items from her is asked to call the Stamford Police Department Financial Crimes Unit at (203) 977-4407.

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