MERIDEN — A home health aide charged with fraudulently taking over $30,000 from an 85-year-old local woman used credit cards in the woman’s name and took advantage of her mental state, police said.
Kyena Marryshow-Thomas, 47, of 54 Country Hill Road, Hamden, was charged Tuesday with first-degree larceny and first-degree identity theft.
On June 29, 2020, an 85-year-old Meriden woman reported that she was the victim of identity theft. The woman said Marryshow-Thomas was assigned as her in-home care provider by an assisted living business in 2019. After a few weeks, the woman said she was concerned with the cost of the care and Marryshow-Thomas offered to quit the agency and have the woman hire her privately, according to the arrest warrant.
In the summer of 2019 the woman’s son spoke with her financial advisor. The woman was withdrawing large sums of money with increasing frequency and the financial advisor noted Marryshow-Thomas was with the woman during these transactions, the warrant said.
After the woman’s son filed an elder abuse complaint with the state Department of Social Services, an investigator substantiated “that financial exploitation had occurred,” the warrant said.
Police investigating determined that Marryshow-Thomas stole a total of about $28,893 from the woman by confusing her and causing overpayments. Marryshow-Thomas also used the woman’s credit cards to create fraudulent credit accounts to pay her personal bills, which created an additional financial loss of about $2,522, the warrant said.
Marryshow-Thomas was arraigned in Meriden Superior Court on Tuesday. She was released on a promise to appear and the case was continued to March 10.