Police: Alzheimer's Center Employee Steals Patient's Identity

By: Ashlea Sigman Email
By: Ashlea Sigman Email

Bryan resident Sharonda Latrice Wells is accused of taking advantage of someone at her most vulnerable time.

"The identity thief is an opportunist," said Sergeant Jackie Maynard, from the Bryan Police Department.

Wells was employed at Hudson Creek Alzheimer's Special Care Center, last winter. That's when Bryan Police believe she stole the social security number and birth date from one of the alzheimer's patients.

"We've had identity thieves that have been everything from nurses...nurses aids to janitorial staff," said Maynard.

Using the information, detectives say Wells then opened several accounts, and had a credit card mailed to her home. All in the alzheimer's patient's name.

"Their name and date of birth and that sort of thing. I can go on the internet and steal their identity, and many times seniors will never know," said Maynard.

However, someone did find out. The daughter of the victim first noticed something was wrong, when she received a letter from the credit card company asking her to verify that her mother had opened an account.

The daughter then called Hudson Creek, to see if any of the employee's addresses matched the one on her mother's application.

By the time Wells was caught, Police say she'd already made charges at Walmart and Dish Network. She was arrested two weeks ago, and is out on a $5,000 bond.

Wells is no longer an employee at Hudson Creek. Directors at the facility say they complete background checks before hiring employees.

For tips on how to prevent identity theft, click on the links below.

Texas Adult Protection Services provides strategies to prevent senior citizens from being taken advantage of.

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