Former Health Aide Accused of Stealing Thousands from Elderly Residents

Crystal Bianca Brito, a 29-year-old former health aide, faces over 100 felony and misdemeanor charges for allegedly stealing debit and credit cards from elderly residents at the Lutheran Community of Telford. Brito is accused of making unauthorized transactions totaling thousands of dollars from the victims' accounts.

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Former Health Aide Accused of Stealing Thousands from Elderly Residents

Former Health Aide Accused of Stealing Thousands from Elderly Residents

Crystal Bianca Brito, a 29-year-old former health aide from Macungie, is facing over 100 felony and misdemeanor charges for allegedly stealing debit and credit cards from elderly residents at the Lutheran Community of Telford and using them to make unauthorized transactions. Brito was initially charged with 37 counts in January for using a resident's debit card to make $1,254 in unauthorized purchases, mostly in the Allentown area near her home.

Why this matters: This case highlights the vulnerability of elderly individuals to financial exploitation, particularly in care facilities where they are supposed to be protected. It also underscores the need for stricter screening and monitoring of caregivers to prevent such incidents.

After Brito's arrest, two more Lutheran Community residents reported unauthorized transactions on their accounts. A 79-year-old resident had 24 unauthorized charges totaling $248 in approved charges and $4,000 in declined charges on her stolen debit card. A 90-year-old resident had 71 unauthorized transactions totaling more than $4,600 made between mid-December and early January.

Surveillance images and video footage matched Brito's description and showed her using the stolen cards at various locations in Macungie and Allentown, including a Wawa in Souderton. "Footage also captured her silver Grand Cherokee," according to court documents. Additional evidence revealed that Brito had online purchases shipped to her home address.

Brito was arraigned earlier this month on an additional 90 felony and related misdemeanor charges. She is currently free after posting $50,000 unsecured bail and is scheduled for a preliminary hearing on the more than 100 total charges next month. Her attorney, Steven Mills, did not respond to a request for comment on the case.

The case against Crystal Bianca Brito involves over 100 felony and misdemeanor charges related to the alleged theft and unauthorized use of credit and debit cards belonging to elderly residents in her care. Brito is accused of stealing thousands of dollars from the victims, aged 79 to 90, while working as a health aide at the Lutheran Community of Telford. Her preliminary hearing on the charges is set for next month.

Key Takeaways

  • Caregiver Crystal Brito faces over 100 charges for stealing elderly residents' debit/credit cards.
  • She allegedly used stolen cards to make unauthorized transactions totaling thousands of dollars.
  • Victims, aged 79-90, were residents at the Lutheran Community of Telford where Brito worked.
  • Surveillance footage and online purchase records linked Brito to the crimes.
  • Brito's preliminary hearing is set for next month; she's currently free on $50,000 unsecured bail.