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Health Care Worker Accused of Stealing Thousands from Patient

Home health aide had access to her Naugatuck patient's bank account and took advantage, police say.

 

A woman who worked as a home health care provider for a home-bound Naugatuck man is accused of stealing thousands from him over an eight-month span.

Police say Samantha Bergeron, 30, of 58 Williams St., Thomaston, stole $3,873 from the 52-year-old man’s bank account by using his debit card, for which she had the personal identification number (PIN). And police say she stole $2,500 worth of the man’s EBT money and Social Security benefits.

“She said she used money to buy items for the man and take him places, and that she didn’t use any money for herself. But her story just didn’t add up,” Naugatuck Lt. Bryan Cammarata said, adding that police found no major purchases by the woman between the time of the alleged thefts, January and August of 2012.

The man’s brother called police on Sept. 10 when he noticed discrepancies in the patient’s bank account, police said. Several bills were not paid because there was not enough money in his account, according to police.

Cammarata said the company that Bergeron worked for, Independent Living Solutions of Waterbury, terminated her employment following an internal investigation into her actions.

Bergeron was charged with fourth-degree larceny, illegal use of a credit card and identity theft. She was arraigned at Waterbury Superior Court. A judge released her on a promise to re-appear at court on Feb. 6.

Bergeron did not pick up the phone when Patch tried to contact her at her listed residence Tuesday night. 

Cammarata said a lesson that can be taken from this situation is that people should not give out access to PINs or other personal information.

“Probably 99 percent of health care workers are honest, but you don’t want to put yourself in that situation,” he said.

sara January 10, 2013 at 11:30 AM
They should lock her up and throw away the key not the first time she has been in the papers for naugatuck who remembers last year when she made the patch for shop lifting at big y.
Tina January 12, 2013 at 06:40 PM
How sad, can't believe she stole so much of his money that he couldn't even afford to pay his own bill's. Shame on her, people like her make a bad name for homecare workers.
Cam January 13, 2013 at 12:59 AM
All this woman is to me is a low life piece of s*** to me. Stealing the little money that the state gives to him for being disabled. I hope she gets locked up for this, and while she is I hope someone steals her identity. Give her a taste of her own medicine. Low life scum.....
amanda January 13, 2013 at 02:35 PM
i know her and the "victim" I worked for the same company and she became his caregiver when I was injured on the job. he is one of the nicest people I have ever worked for and I am astonished this whole thing even happened. you never really know who a person is I guess. the whole thing is just sad on both ends. where is our world headed...
Ronald J Merancy January 15, 2013 at 04:17 PM
SAMANTHA E. BERGERON, 29, of 58 Williams St., Thomaston, was charged, Dec. 21, with larceny in the sixth degree. According to police, on Dec. 21 at approximately 5:51 p.m. an officer responded to Big Y for a shoplifting complaint. Police reported Bergeron stole $81.93 worth of merchandise. Bergeron was given a court date of Jan. 4 to appear at Waterbury Superior Court and released on a $1,000 non-surety bond.

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