Health worker gets 3 years for $22K theft from grandmother

NEW LONDON, Conn. (AP) — A Norwich home health worker who police say stole more than $22,000 from her elderly grandmother to support her drug addiction is headed to prison.

Twenty-four-year-old Tasha Gaudreau was sentenced Tuesday in New London to three years in prison. She pleaded guilty in May to first-degree larceny.

Gaudreau worked for Allied Home Health Care when she was arrested last December. An affidavit says her 77-year-old grandmother called police after she noticed more than 100 unauthorized ATM withdrawals from her bank account.

She told police she gave her ATM to Gaudreau, who sometimes cared for her at her home. Police say Gaudreau made withdrawals from two linked bank accounts and spent the money on drugs.

Gaudreau’s lawyer says his client had been using cocaine and heroin but is now clean.

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