By Heather Abraham

SAXONBURG (KDKA) – A home health aide, accused of stealing from an 89-year-old woman in her care, turned herself in Friday morning.

According to police, Nicole Christy, 30, of Center Township, racked up about $8,800 in unauthorized charges on the victim’s credit cards and bank card.

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The victim had allowed Christy to make some purchases on her behalf in the past. However, Christy allegedly purchased a vacuum, air conditioning unit, food and other personal items that were not authorized.

“Close to 100 fraudulent transactions on different accounts,” said Saxonburg Police Chief Joseph Beachem.

The victim was alerted to the fraudulent charges when her card was declined while purchasing groceries. She called the bank and then contacted police.

So far, police have uncovered 100 fraudulent purchases between April 9 and Aug. 9.

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“In certain instances as her caretaker, she was authorized to make purchases on the victim’s behalf with the victim’s cards,” said Beachem. “So she gained the password for the ATM and the authorization to use the credit cards for certain items.”

She is facing a list of felony charges including, theft, forgery and receiving stolen property.

Christy was employed by VNA in Butler. It is unclear how long she worked for the company.

Chirsty’s bond was also increased after police say a criminal background check showed identity theft and forgery charges against Christy in Florida.

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Heather Abraham