Home Health Aide Accused of Identity Theft, Stealing from Elderly Client

(CHILLICOTHE, Ohio)—Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine and Ross County Prosecutor Matthew S. Schmidt today announced that a Chillicothe woman is facing charges of identity theft and theft from the elderly for allegedly stealing from an elderly woman while serving as the woman’s home health aide.

Beth Meyers, 34, of Chillicothe, was arraigned today in the Ross County Common Pleas Court after being indicted by a Ross County grand jury on March 10 on the following seven counts:

  • Identity fraud, third-degree felony (four counts)
  • Theft of an elderly person, fourth-degree felony (one count)
  • Misuse of credit cards, fourth-degree felony (one count)
  • Identity fraud, fourth-degree felony (one count)

According to investigators, Meyers used an elderly client’s Social Security number and address to open and use several lines of credit in the elderly victim’s name between July 2015 and August 2015, while Meyers worked as a home health care provider for the elderly woman. Meyers also is accused of using the victim’s ATM card to steal over $1,000 in cash.

The case is being prosecuted by an attorney with the Ohio Attorney General’s Economic Crimes Unit, who was appointed as a special prosecutor by the Ross County Prosecutor.

The case was investigated by the Attorney General’s Economic Crimes Unit with the Ross County Sheriff’s Office.

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