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7 February 2013Warning - this news article expired on 2013-03-07. Information may no longer be accurate or applicable

Elder Abuse arrest Media sent out Oct. 21/12

Belleville police are warning the public to be diligent in monitoring financial accounts of elderly or vulnerable family members who are in assisted living arrangements following the heels of a fraud-related arrest of a personal support worker.

Earlier this month police investigated two separate complaints involving a 31-year-old Belleville woman, who was employed as a PSW through a local community service agency.

Both victims were elderly and relied on in-home care to sustain independent living within the community. The investigation involved a number of stolen cheques that were cashed at local banks totaling upwards of $6,000.

Shauna-Lee Etcher, 31, of Belleville is charged with seven counts each of Utter Forged Document; Fraud under $5,000; two counts of Breach of Trust; and one count each of Possession of Property Obtained by Crime and Being Unlawfully in a Dwelling.

February 7th, 2013 Additional Fraud/Utter Forged Document charges

Belleville, Ontario - A further investigation into the incidents by members of the Criminal Investigations Division uncovered another victim an 87-year-old woman living in Belleville who was defrauded of $4,500 through the same cheque-cashing scenario in the summer of 2012.

The victim also relied on in-home care through a local community service agency to sustain independent living within the community at the time of the thefts. At the time, the suspect was working inside the victim's home as a personal support worker.

As well, investigators have laid additional counts of Fraud pertaining to e-mail money transfers the suspect orchestrated involving one of the initial elderly victims.

As a result, ShaunaLee Etcher, 31 years of Belleville is charged with:

  • six counts of Fraud Under $5,000
  • two counts of Utter Forged Document.

She was released from custody for a court appearance in March 2013.

If anyone has information relating to the incident, please contact Det.-Const. Jeremy Ashley at 613-966-0882 ext. 2315 or Crime Stoppers at 613-969-8477.