Police: Home health aides stole $386K from patient

2 suspects arrested in grand theft

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. - Two independent home health aides have been arrested, accused of stealing a combined $386,000 from their patient, who is in her late 90s.

Angela Byrd, 45, and Tanecia Josephs, 25, were arrested Tuesday in connection with the theft from the victim, who is now 99 years old.

Fort Lauderdale police said Byrd worked for the woman, who required 24-hour, in-home care, for 26 months, starting when the woman was 95 years old.

During that time, police said, Byrd stole $341,230 from the woman by having extra money added to her paycheck and having extra checks written in her name.

Police said they believe Josephs, who was dating Byrd's son, covered for Byrd for less than one week in 2008 and received an additional $45,355.

The aides were supposed to be $15 to $20 an hour, officials said.

The alleged victim's family found out that she was paying an exorbitant amount of money for her health care, and they notified police, according to investigators.

Josephs and Byrd face charges of grand theft on a person 65 or older and exploitation of the elderly.

Family members and attorneys argued for Josephs and Byrd in court, but in the end, the judge set Byrd's bond at $175,000 and Josephs' at $35,000.

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