Caretaker Charged With Exploiting Elderly Woman – Odessa American

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A 54-year-old home care provider was arrested after police say she used her patient’s debit card to retrieve cash from an ATM.

Elva Garcia Valenzuela, 54, was charged with exploitation of the elderly, a third-degree felony.

An Odessa Police Department probable cause affidavit detailed the complainant, identified as 71-year-old Rosemary Orta, reported her homecare provider, Valenzuela, who was employed by Caprock Home Health Services, used her debit card to retrieve cash from an ATM located in Odessa without her authorization or consent on May 27.

Orta told police that she previously gave her card to Valenzuela to purchase groceries and a belt for her scooter. The fraudulent transactions happened between May 27 and May 29 at the Chase Bank ATM located at 1607 N. County Road West.

Valenzuela was read the Miranda Warning and she waived her rights and admitted to getting money from the said ATM on May 27, May 28 and May 29, which wasn’t used for Orta’s needs.

Valenzuela was booked into the Ector County Law Enforcement Center on Jan. 4, jail records show. She had one bond totaling $9,000 and posted bail on Jan. 4.

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