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Home health aide faces 28 charges after investigation into theft from elderly victim in Tompkins County

Police say a woman who was working as a home health aide for an elderly person in Tompkins County has been arrested on more than two dozen charges following an investigation.

On December 10th the Ithaca Police Department arrested Maryann Church, 64, of Locke for third-degree grand larceny, thirteen counts of second-degree criminal possession of a forged instrument, and fourteen counts of second-degree forgery.

Police say the arrest came after months of investigation by the Ithaca Police Department who were originally notified of someone trying to cash a forged check. Upon further inquiry, it was learned that Church was a paid
in-home elder care worker.


She had been stealing from an elderly disabled veteran whom she had been hired to care for. The Defendant’s criminal behavior occurred over several years and included theft through various types of fraudulent means.

Church was arraigned in Ithaca City Court and released on her own recognizance in accordance with New York State Law.

The Ithaca Police Department takes all forms of abuse seriously – including elder abuse.

The IPD would like to remind friends and family of those who are vulnerable to be vigilant for suspicious
activity and or abuse being committed. If anyone feels that they, or a friend or family member has been victimized by this person please call 607-272-3245.



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