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Crime & Courts

Bond set for caretaker charged with financial exploitation of Naperville, Winfield women

Multiple felony charges have been filed against a Chicago woman accused of stealing from two DuPage County women, one of which was a Winfield woman confined to hospice care in her home, according to a news release from the DuPage County State's Attorney's Office.

Latesha Miller, 37, 7313 S. Wolcott Ave., has been charged with continuing a financial crimes enterprise, aggravated identity theft, financial exploitation of a person, financial institution fraud, forgery and theft, the release stated.

In August 2013, Miller worked as a certified nursing assistant at the Spring Meadows senior living facility in Naperville, where she allegedly stole an 86 year-old resident’s credit card and several checks, according to the release.

It is alleged Miller used the victim’s credit card for unauthorized personal purchases and also made unauthorized deposits into her bank account from the victim’s checking account, the release stated. The victim’s daughter noticed discrepancies in her mother’s bank account and notified authorities.

Miller also allegedly attempted to open up lines of credit using her victim’s personal information, according to the release.

While working for a home health care agency, Miller was assigned to care for a hospice patient from Aug. 19 to 21, 2014, in Winfield. While caring for the woman, who has since passed away, Miller allegedly stole two checks that were both written out to an acquaintance, the release stated.

The acquaintance allegedly cashed one of the checks in the amount of $499.50 and then kept $200 for herself and gave the remaining $299.50 to Miller, according to the release. It is alleged the acquaintance attempted to cash the second check in the amount of $6,856 but was unable to as the account had been frozen, the release stated.

Bond was set Thursday at $300,000 for Miller, whose next court appearance will be Sept. 29 in front of Judge Kathryn Creswell.

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