AUBURN, Calif. (KTXL) — A nursing assistant at an Auburn nursing home is facing multiple charges of felony fraud involving elders she may have cared for, according to the Placer County Sheriff’s Office.
Deputies said 29-year-old Karen Paredes-Luquin of Yuba City was caught on surveillance video Nov. 22 using stolen credit cards belonging to two residents and a guest at the Auburn Oaks Care Center where she worked as a certified nursing assistant.
Authorities received reports of the fraud from the nursing home and found video at the locations the credit cards were used. One of the videos shows Paredes-Luquin wearing nursing scrubs and a surgical mask while making the purchases, which made the cashier serving her suspicious, according to officials.
“That struck the clerk as a little bit odd,” Placer County Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Angela Musallam said.
Deputies said the cashier followed Paredes-Luquin to her car and wrote down her vehicle information. The cashier was able to provide that information to investigators, who then used it to identify Paredes-Luquin.
Detectives arrested Paredes-Luquin when she arrived at work and charged her with multiple counts of felony fraud. She has since posted $100,000 bail and was released from custody.
The sheriff’s office said the care center cooperated fully with the investigation. Officials said this type of crime isn’t limited to care facilities.
“They are a lot more common with an in-home care provider,” Musallam said.
Still, there are ways for the elderly to protect themselves.
“There are options through their bank accounts or credit cards to monitor suspicious activity, they can receive alerts,” Musallam said.