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Home health aide charged with taking ATM card, withdrawing money from elderly woman's bank account

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Posted at 8:31 PM, Feb 08, 2017
and last updated 2017-02-08 20:31:22-05

A 41-year-old home health aide has been arrested in connection with the theft of an ATM/debit card belonging to a 95-year-old woman in her care, Pinellas County sheriff's officials said. 

Meyonta Johnson was charged with one count of grand theft Tuesday. She has been accused of taking an ATM/debit card of an elderly woman in St. Petersburg and withdrawing funds from the victim's bank account.

The incident occurred between Nov. 28 of last year and Jan. 2., a Pinellas County Sheriff's Office report said.

Pinellas sheriff's detectives began their investigation in January after the 95-year-old victim reported someone was withdrawing money from her Regions Bank account.

Following an investigation, Pinellas detectives named Johnson as a suspect. Johnson was an employee of Bayada Home Health Care, assigned to care for the 95-year-old woman at the Fountains at Boca Ciega Bay assisted living facility at 1255 Pasadena Ave. S. in St. Petersburg, the report said.

 Several ATM withdrawals and personal car payments totaling more than $2,500 were made without the victim's permission. 

Detectives interviewed Johnson Tuesday evening and arrested her minutes later. She was taken to the PInellas County Jail for booking.