More than $26,000 in fraudulent debit card purchases were made by a Norwalk woman who was working as an aide for an elderly resident of Maple Street, police said.
Leigh Bullock, 42, of Sunset Hill Avenue, faces numerous larceny charges after police say she took the elderly man to a Bridgeport bank where she withdrew all his funds and set up another account with her name listed as an account holder.
“The bank became suspicious and refused to complete the transaction,” stated Capt. Fred Komm in an email.
Further investigation revealed that Bullock had set up an online bank account and had obtained a debit card for one of the elderly male’s checking accounts, police said. Once all the debit card information was compiled along with the cashed checks, police said that $26,653.38 had been fraudulently removed from the victim’s bank accounts.
Most of the fraudulent transactions occurred during 2012, according to police.
Police were tipped off by a state social worker who told police that he believed one of his clients was being victimized by his home aide.
Bullock turned herself in to police on Wednesday, March 27, after being advised of the warrant for her arrest. She was released on a written promise to appear in court on Monday, April 8.