Ex-caregiver denied program, facing prison in larceny case

LITCHFIELD, Conn. (AP) — A former caregiver accused of stealing over $75,000 from a Connecticut woman she cared for will face prison.

The Republican-American reports (http://bit.ly/2tkcR6S ) that Judge John Danaher denied Tara Yard’s bid for accelerated rehabilitation at a hearing in a Litchfield court Tuesday. Yard is charged with first-degree larceny.

Accelerated rehabilitation is available for first-time offenders.

Investigators say the Norfolk woman made electronic transfers and wrote unauthorized checks that totaled $75,165 while caring for Marion Donovan at her Norfolk home. Donovan died in 2015.

Yard’s attorney, James Townsend, says $33,000 has been allocated to an escrow account for restitution.

Judge Danaher says he denied the application for the program because of the severity of the crime.