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Memphis caregiver steals thousands from elderly client

(WMC-TV) - A Memphis caregiver is charged with exploiting an elderly client by forging checks worth more than $13,000.

Home Instead Senior Care has a laundry list of services on their east Memphis sign - and theft is not one of them.

But former employee Trenese Wilson is accused of stealing more than $13,000 from an 82-year-old client in her care.

Alan Prouser lives down the street from the elderly victim, who did not want to be identified.
 
"He's one of the nicest men I've ever known," Prouser said.

Neighbors say Wilson was the man's caregiver for nearly a year, and often went for walks with him. Police say Wilson also helped herself to the man's checkbook, forging 28 of his checks, all payable to himself.

No one with Home Instead Senior Care cared to comment on camera about the alleged crime, but a company spokesperson said Trenese Wilson was terminated immediately.

The owner of the Memphis franchise said in a statement, "The safety and security of our clients is our highest priority."

"We screen all of our caregivers including conducting criminal background checks, reference checks, sexual offender registry checks, abuse registry checks and drug screenings," the statement went on to say.

Alan Prouser tried to be careful when faced with hiring a caregiver for his grandmother in Mississippi

"And I had to put trust in these people they're going to care for her properly, and not take anything or do anything they shouldn't do," he said.

Prouser was sorry his neighbor's experience with a caregiver ended so badly.

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