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Caregiver accused of stealing money to support gambling habit

By Jason Miles - bio | email

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (WMC-TV) - Memphis police have charged a Mid-South caregiver with stealing more than $17,000 from an elderly couple entrusted to her care.

Timeka Conway told police she stole to support her gambling addiction.

Conway, 33, spent the last four years working for 91-year-old Marcus Parker and his wife, both of whom suffer from dementia.

Sandra Parker says she's shocked by the betrayal of someone she trusted to care for her parents. "As close as we all were and everything, I just cannot understand it."
    
Parker noticed something suspicious after she took over her mother's finances. Check numbers were out of sequence and ripped from the back of the checkbook. All of the checks were made out to Timeka Conway.
    
"Then, as I examined it more and more, besides her paycheck, she was writing checks for unbelievable amounts of money," Parker said.
    
According to court records, 23 checks were stolen. 
     
The Aging Commission of the Mid-South reports that financial fraud involving seniors is a common complaint. The crime is often committed by people, like Conway, who may have no criminal record.
    
"They will find the opportunity, and we just have to be vigilant and put the safeguards in place," said Dora Ivey with the Aging Commission.
     
Parker plans to keep checkbooks out of reach in the future, and is currently caring for her parents herself.
    
"I've called a lot of people and everything," she said. "But it's going to be hard to trust someone again."
    
Conway is accused of cashing the checks at two Regions Bank locations. 

The bank says it will refund money lost in the last year, but family members say they're afraid the fraud may go back much further.
    
This is the second case this month in Memphis involving caregivers who say they stole money from employers in order to finance gambling addictions.

    
Aging Commission of the Mid-South:  www.agingcommission.org


 

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