Home caregiver accused of stealing $60k from blind woman

Home caregiver accused of stealing $60k from blind woman

NORTH MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) – A 33-year-old Conway woman is accused of stealing $60,000 from a 78-year-old blind woman for whom she was trusted with providing home care.

Angie Banks, 33, began worked with the woman, who is blind due to a stroke, at her home from April 5 to May 26, according to reports from North Myrtle Beach Department of Public Safety. The woman heard about an account that could be set up to pay for long-term care, and went with Banks to the BB&T Bank on May 20 to set up that account.

During the course of the police investigation, it was discovered that Banks and the woman went into the bank and withdrew $5,000 in cash and a bank check for $55,000 from her account. The $55,000 check was supposed to be used to open another account at a Conway bank, but was made out to Darralyn Banks.

The woman gave all the paperwork to Angie Banks because she trusted her, the report states. The woman said she never authorized the check to be written out to Darralyn Banks, and she never received the $5,000 cash that was withdrawn.

The official bank check was deposited on May 28 and the back was signed by Darralyn Banks.

Angie Banks was fired by the home care company because she was dishonest about the amount of time she actually worked, according to the report.

Angie Banks and 43-year-old Darralyn Banks are charged with exploitation of a vulnerable adult and grand larceny.

Police say the reason Banks is being charged is because he opened a bank account.

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