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Woman allegedly posed as health-care aide to steal from elderly woman

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Monday, May 15, 2017 02:23 pm

A Fort Wayne woman has been charged with the alleged exploitation of an elderly woman suffering from memory loss after she posed as a health-care aide and took her wallet last June.

Kwanya J. Hollopeter, 43, of the 4600 block of Smith Road, was charged Monday in Allen Superior Court with exploitation of an endangered adult older than 60, theft and fraud, Level 6 felonies.

Hollopeter, who had in June been terminated as a Sunshine Home Health Care aide, allegedly entered the home of an 87-year-old woman suffering from memory loss, while posing as a health-care aide from the company that terminated her, and took her wallet with a debit card, $40 cash and an antique gold and diamond face watch worth $400 at about 10:48 a.m. June 4, according to a probable-cause affidavit.

Hollopeter then allegedly withdrew $400 cash from the woman's bank account at a local Walgreens store at 10:59 a.m. and retuned to the woman's apartment at 11:14 a.m. to return the wallet, the affidavit said.

However, another Sunshine Home Health Care aide arrived at 11 a.m. to tend to the woman and reportedly saw Hollopeter put the wallet back on the table where it was before and leave at 11:17 a.m. It was then that the victim discovered her watch and cash were missing and that $400 had been withdrawn from her bank account.

Surveillance video from Walgreens and the woman's apartment revealed the same build of person with the same clothing as Hollopeter, and the health-care aide positively identified Hollopeter from a photo array.

An arrest warrant has been issued from Hollopeter.

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