Prosecutor: Indianapolis woman pretended to be healthcare worker, stole valuables from senior living communities
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – An Indianapolis woman has been convicted for stealing money, prescription drugs, and jewelry from residents at senior living communities.
Marion County Prosecutor Terry Curry announced today that Nickelle Rodgers has been sentenced to serve four years on home detention with GPS monitoring followed by four years on probation. A four-year suspended sentence was also imposed.
Rodgers was also ordered to pay restitution to six victims totaling more than $800.
Rodgers pleaded guilty earlier this month to ten counts of burglary for posing as a home health care worker at senior living communities in order to steal money, prescription drugs and jewelry from residents. She was arrested and charged in July.
“We cannot emphasize enough the importance of protecting ourselves and loved ones from criminals who would take advantage of any vulnerability or position of trust,” Marion County Prosecutor Terry Curry stated. “We commend the victims who came forward and reported these crimes. Doing so may have saved many others from being victimized.”
Rodgers gained unauthorized entry into residential apartments at senior living communities, often by fraudulently identifying herself as a home healthcare worker. In some instances, Rodgers conducted fraudulent health assessments such as examining the resident’s prescription medications. The victims reported items missing after Rodgers had been in their apartments, including money, prescription drugs and jewelry.