The employee of a retirement home in Thetford Mines is accused of stealing thousands of dollars from a 72-year-old resident with Alzheimer’s disease.
The Thetford Mines municipal police arrested Janie Dubois, 44, at her workplace on Wednesday for theft and fraud against a 72-year-old man.
“While the accused was an employee of a private residence for the elderly, she allegedly took the debit card, without the beneficiary’s consent, to make nearly twenty withdrawals from various ATMs between April and October 2020 “, Exposed the police force in a statement on Friday.
The alleged victim suffers from Alzheimer’s at an advanced stage. According to the municipal police, it was anomalies in the bank account of the septuagenarian that first aroused the suspicions of social workers from the CLSC. Their collaboration proved “essential in this investigation”, she notes.
According to these stakeholders, the man was not able to make withdrawals at the ATM on his own. When the employee was arrested, a search revealed drugs belonging to another beneficiary.
According to the police statement, Dubois faces three counts of theft: two for less than $ 5,000 (in connection with the alleged theft of the debit card and medication) and one for more than $ 5,000. She is also charged with fraud over $ 5,000.
The defendant appeared the day after her arrest by videoconference, after which she was released on various conditions. The rest of the proceedings have been set for March 26, 2021 at the Thetford Mines courthouse.
Yves Simoneau, spokesperson for the municipal police, affirms that his organization has chosen not to reveal the name of the defendant’s workplace “for the sake of not identifying the elderly person”.
“The aim of this publication is first of all preventive, in order to sensitize the population not to hesitate to denounce any act that may be associated with mistreatment of our elders,” added the sergeant.