Ellsworth home health care provider accused of stealing almost $11,000 from patient

Posted Nov. 07, 2013, at 2:08 p.m.

ELLSWORTH, Maine — A home health care worker has been summoned for allegedly stealing $10,830.45 from her patient, according to Ellsworth police Detective Dotty Small.

Ashley Carney, 29, of Ellsworth already was in Hancock County Jail for violating bail conditions on a previous conviction when the summons was issued Nov. 5.

Small said Carney had been using her patient’s debit card to buy gas, cigarettes, lottery cards and other personal items. She also used it to pay three fines her husband owed at the district court, before putting the debit card back in her client’s wheelchair, Small added.

The money was discovered missing when the alleged victim’s wife returned from a trip abroad toward the end of September, according to Small. The wife noticed a bill of about $14,000 and “was kind of in shock,” Small said. The money was reported missing to the police who started an investigation.

Police were able to track the purchases by looking at the patient’s bank statement to see where the purchases were made, then locating video of Carney allegedly using the card. Carney was charged with theft, forgery and misuse of identification.

According to court documents, Carney had at least two prior theft convictions.

She is due in court on the latest charges on Dec. 17, Small said.