On Monday, it was announced that a St. Joseph, Missouri home health care nursing assistant had been charged with sealing more than $180,000 from one of her former clients. 32-year-old Ashley N. Garr of St. Joseph has been accused of stealing her former client’s bank account information and then illegally transferring more than $180,000 out of the account.
The defendant was charged with wire fraud and aggravated identity theft on November 13, 2017. Garr’s preliminary hearing and detention hearing were held on November 20, 2017. She was subsequently released on bond. The affidavit filed in support of the federal criminal complaint shows that Ashley Garr worked for the victim, who is being identified as “PLR” in court documents.
Garr served PLR as an in-home health care nursing assistant for roughly one year. She left the position in 2015. Garr allegedly visited PLR in November of 2016. The complaint alleges that Garr stole the victim’s bank account information from her purse or home office during that visit. In March of 2017, the victim found unauthorized payments on her bank account statements.
Those payments began shortly after Garr’s visit. The affidavit shows that 28 payments totally $181,065 were made from January 24 to March 31, 2017. At this point in time, the defendant is innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law. Additional details can be found here.