Caregiver pleads guilty in theft from elderly patient in West Boca

Caregiver pleads guilty in theft from elderly patient in West Boca

A caretaker pleaded guilty Friday on two charges in the theft from her elderly patient west of Boca Raton last year.

Denequa Meeks-Mcroy, 27, of suburban West Palm Beach, received four-month jail sentences to be served concurrently and was credited with 88 days for time served by Circuit Court Judge Caroline Shepherd. She also was given three years probation, must relinquish her health care license, can't accept employment as a caregiver, was ordered to pay $769 restitution and must cooperate in another case.

She pleaded guilty to fraudulent use of personal identified information to a person 60 and older and exploitation of an elderly person or disabled adult.

Meeks-Mcroy originally was charged with seven counts of fraud and one charge of exploiting the elderly.

According to the arrest report last April, this case stems from an investigation that began in mid-January 2019.

Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office deputies responded to a home west of Boca Raton on a call of a computer theft. The victim told PBSO that he was visiting his 96-year old father and unloaded his personal belongings inside the home, including a laptop bag, according to the report.

The next day, the son noticed his laptop was stolen from the home. His elderly father also noticed his wallet was missing.

Several fraudulent transactions at gas stations, Walmart and other stores were made on credit cards that were in the wallet. According to the arrest report, deputies were able to obtain surveillance video in Walmart and CVS in West Palm Beach and Boca Raton that showed Meeks-Mcroy using the credit cards. She was seen wearing her clinical scrubs in the videos, the report states.

The report said that deputies met with Carin People, Inc., the agency that provides health care assistance for the victim. The agency confirmed that Meeks-Mcroy was employed by them and assigned to care for the victim at the time of the crime. A manager confirmed her identity in the surveillance videos.

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