By: Sharon Aron Baron
Even though a home health care worker was paid a salary of $35,000 from the company that she worked for, she still felt compelled to steal money from elderly victims for her own family according to Coral Springs Police.
Nicole Whittaker, 33, from Margate worked for a Coral Springs couple aged 90 and 88 and stole checks from both their Wells Fargo and Chase Bank accounts forging over 36 from Wells Fargo for $27,342.50 and 39 from Chase for $29,805.75 with a total loss for the couple of $57,148.25.
According to the report, Whittaker was questioned at the couples Coral Springs home and confessed to cashing the stolen checks because she needed the money for her own family and said that although she was paid a salary of $35,413.22, she was compelled to steal because she wanted the money for her family and the issues they faced.
But this wasn’t the only elderly victim that Nicole Whittaker had stolen from. CSPD sent an alert throughout Florida and discovered through the Broward Sheriff’s Office that in 2012 in North Lauderdale, Whittaker had in fact cashed two checks from an elderly victim that was in her care, however, the victim died before the case could result in an arrest and therefore the case had to be closed.
Both banks provided detailed bank accounts, cancelled checks showing forged signatures as well as video surveillance documenting that Whittaker was in fact the only suspect involved in the theft.
Since Whittaker is a Jamaican national, police consider her a flight risk. She faces 77 charges. Judge Hurley set her bond at $77,000.