Home care aide sus­pected of mul­ti­ple fraud­u­lent pur­chases

The Buffalo News - - LOCAL NEWS -

In­ves­ti­ga­tors are try­ing to de­ter­mine whether $3,500 in charges to a Wheat­field woman’s debit card were de­lib­er­ate or merely an ac­ci­dent, the Ni­a­gara County Sher­iff’s Of­fice re­ported.

A Crest­wood Court woman re­ported 65 unau­tho­rized trans­ac­tions on the Ama­zon Mar­ket­place web­site, be­gin­ning Dec. 26, au­thor­i­ties said. She said a home care aide asked to use that card to make a pur­chase for her on the Ama­zon web­site a few days be­fore the fraud­u­lent trans­ac­tions be­gan.

She told deputies that the aide told her that she ac­ci­den­tally used the card for sev­eral pur­chases, think­ing she was us­ing her own ac­count. The aide claimed she used the card in­ad­ver­tently, think­ing she had elim­i­nated the woman’s card num­ber from her com­puter while ap­par­ently re­mov­ing her own ac­count num­ber in­stead.

– Mike Kurilovitch

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