Caregiver allegedly stole hundreds of dollars from former patient | Crime and courts
ROOT – A caregiver allegedly stole hundreds of dollars from a former patient.
Lindsay J. Druschke, 38, of the 2300 block of Hamilton Avenue, has been charged with three counts of forgery, two counts of theft using false portrayal, one count of charge of fraud against a financial institution between $ 500 and $ 10,000 and one count of the offense of theft.
According to a criminal complaint:
On Monday, November 1, an investigator received an email from the director of operations at Racine County Behavioral Health Services regarding information regarding a former employee, Druschke, visiting a former patient. She said the new caregiver was at the patient’s apartment for a scheduled appointment and learned that her bank account was overdrawn.
The next day, she told the investigator that the patient’s account was overdrawn by $ 321 and said he did not pay any bills or go shopping without his caregiver present. She contacted Educator’s Credit Union and learned that a check for $ 400 had been issued. The patient told the caregiver that Druschke had recently come to her apartment and sold her clothes. She then asked for her bank card, but did not give it to him. She did not realize that her checkbook was missing.
On Wednesday November 3, the investigator received two checks written on the patient’s account, the first dated October 19 for $ 400 with the check and endorsement having the same handwriting, and the other dated October 26 for 400 $ but with a different signature from the previous one. There was a third check dated Wednesday for $ 400 with a different signature than the previous two.