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The Journal Gazette

Wednesday, May 17, 2017 1:00 am

Aide sought in ripoff of patient

Took debit card, watch from elderly woman, charge says

JAMIE DUFFY | The Journal Gazette

The 87-year-old patient suffering from memory loss and physical impairment was home alone that day last summer.

Her wallet contained her Chase Bank debit card, $40 in cash and an antique gold and diamond round-face watch worth $400.

At 10:48 a.m. June 4, Kwanya Hollopeter – also known as Kwanya Montgomery and Kwanya Smith – entered the patient's home. She was wearing the familiar purple uniform scrub shirt of Sunshine Home Health Care, even though she had been recently terminated from her job as an aide, according to court documents.

She left the woman's apartment with the debit card, cash and watch. Eleven minutes later, Hollopeter withdrew $400 from the woman's Chase account at a Walgreens ATM, court records said.

When Hollopeter returned to the client's home at 11:14 a.m., another Sunshine Home Health Care aide was already there. She told police she saw Hollopeter take the client's wallet from her pocket, return it to the table and leave quickly.

The client then complained that her $40 was missing and later learned that $400 was withdrawn.

Hollopeter's actions were caught on surveillance video from Walgreens and footage from the woman's apartment building vestibule, according to court documents. The location of the apartment was redacted from court records.

A warrant has been issued for her arrest.

Hollopeter, 43, of the 4600 block of Smith Road, has been charged with exploitation of an endangered adult, theft with a prior conviction and fraud.

Her bond is $7,500, according to an Allen County Jail spokeswoman.

jduffy@jg.net