Police: Darien woman scammed by health care provider
A Norwalk woman is facing multiple charges after a Darien woman noticed more than $26,000 charged to two of her accounts.
Farrah Baker, 34, of Norwalk, was charged with first-degree larceny; 42 counts of illegal use of a credit card; 42 counts of receipt of money/goods/services by illegal credit card use and 32 counts of third-degree forgery March 21, police said.
The incident was first reported Jan. 28 after the victim's son was reviewing his mother's financial records and noticed several inconsistencies, police said. Baker had been employed by the family since September 2011 as a health care provider.
The son noticed several charges on a credit card that appeared to be fraudulent as well as checks made out to Baker that were signed by his mother, police said. After reviewing the financial records it was determined Baker had made fraudulent charges on the victim's credit card totaling $8,768.37.
Police said an additional $17,850 was also taken from the victim's checking account. The charges to the credit card and the checks totaled $26,618.37.
Police said the credit card charges were made between September 2011 and January 2012. The checks were written, forged and cashed between October 2011 and January 2012.
Baker turned herself into police after being advised there was a warrant for her arrest and admitted to being involved in the fraudulent activity, police said.
She was released on a promise to appear in court April 2.
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