Home health worker charged with exploiting patient

Pamela Jeanine Foster (Source: J. Reuben Long Detention Center)
Pamela Jeanine Foster (Source: J. Reuben Long Detention Center)

MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) - A home health worker is facing charges after the bank of a patient in her care reported possible fraud.

The Fraud Investigator for First Federal Bank contacted Horry County Police on Jan. 3 stating that 35 personal checks totaling $52,116.48 were written from their client's account.

Since the check payments "began so abruptly," and the patient is in his eighties, the bank indicated the activity as a sign of bank fraud, the incident report states.

Following an investigation, 51-year-old Pamela Jeanine Foster of Murrells Inlet, the home health care worker who cares for the elderly victim, was arrested and charged with exploitation of a vulnerable adult.

She was released from J. Reuben Long Detention Center just 24 hours later with a $5,000 bond.

The SC Lieutenant Governor's Office on Aging provides legal information for the families of aging adults who may suspect fraud. Tune in to WMBF News at 4 for the latest on this story.

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