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In-Home Health Worker Accused of Fraud, Identity Theft

A St. Joseph woman faces federal wire fraud and aggravated identity theft charges.

Posted: Nov 20, 2017 3:27 PM

A St. Joseph woman working as an in-home health care nursing assistant faces federal wire fraud and aggravated identity theft charges.

Tom Larson, Acting United States Attorney for the Western District of Missouri announced the charges against Ashley Garr, 32, on Monday. According to a news release, Garr is accused of stealing bank account infromation from one of her clients to illegally transfer over $180,000 out of her account.

According to an affidavit, Garr worked for the victim as an in-home health care nursing assistant in 2015. After leaving employment, the affidavit said Garr visited the patient in Nov. 2016, when she allegedly stole the bank information.

A news release said the patient discovered unauthorized payments were being made from her account in March 2017. According to the affidavit, $181,065 was transfered from the patient's account in a series of 28 payments between January and March of 2017.

Garr had a prelimnary hearing in Kansas City, Mo. on Monday, where she was released on bond.

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