Despite a full background check and credit report analysis, a Fort Mill, South Carolina, in-home senior care hire fraudulently spent more than $600 using an 88-year old woman's credit card, the Herald reports.
Dana Dorris was hired by Lynn Carney through the company Senior Helpers to assist her mother, who is blind and recently suffered a heart attack. Soon after Dorris began caretaking responsibilities, it was found that someone was making purchases using Carney's mother's Discover card at stores such as Bi-Lo and Walmart, as well as at gas stations. In total, Dorris spent $613 during the two weeks she cared for the elderly woman. Sam Zamek, executive director of the company, stated that Dorris has since been terminated. "There was never anything that would indicate that she'd do this," he told the media outlet. "Everyone is bonded and insured and thoroughly screened. We checked her professional references. She seemed like a caring, compassionate person." According to the company website, Senior Helpers hires its caregivers based on their "professionalism, enthusiasm and compassion" for seniors. Carney is seeking full reimbursement from Senior Helpers, the Herald adds.