Malgorzata Burns Denies Taking Money From 100 Year Old Man
A former nursing home aide denies she tried to take advantage of an elderly patient.
Thirty-four year old Malgorzata Burns has pleaded not guilty on charges of exploitation of a vulnerable adult, obtaining goods by false pretenses and four counts of forgery.
According to prosecutors, from May of 2011 through May of 2012, Burns was working as a certified nursing assistant at a senior home, and managed to obtain access to the financial assets of 100-year-old Alfred Persson.
A representative of the Wyoming Guardian Corporation alerted police when it was discovered that a number of electronic fund transfers had been taking place in Persson’s name, yet Persson had never used the internet.
Investigators were able to obtain Persson’s bank records and determined where the money went.
They discovered that $7,200 worth of checks had been written to Burns, yet Persson’s signature on each check was noticeably different.
In addition, a number of credit card payments had been made online, as well as payments for cable tv, internet and phone service, which Persson had no need to pay for, since it was provided at the senior home.
A doctor at the senior home told police that Persson has a form of dementia and has been deemed incompetent and was unable to take care of himself.
He also said that Persson would not be able to remember giving anyone permission to use his check book.
Burns is being held on $5,000 bond awaiting trial, and could face up to 10 years in prison on each count if convicted.