Indy woman accused of posing as healthcare worker to steal from senior living communities

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – An Indianapolis woman is accused of posing as a healthcare worker at senior living communities to steal money, prescription drugs and jewelry from the residents.

Nickelle Rodgers gained access to four different facilities throughout May and June, according to a probable cause affidavit. Those facilities allegedly include Crestwood Village Senior Communities-East, Crestwood Village Senior Communities-West, Crestwood Village Senior Communities-South and Home Place Senior Retirement Community-West.

In some instances, victims say Rodgers conducted fraudulent health assessments, such as examining their prescription medications and physical examinations.

Several victims also reported leaving their doors unlocked, falling asleep, and waking up to find Rodgers already inside their homes.

Rodgers is now facing charged of burglary, theft, attempted burglary and corrupt business influence.

Prosecutors believe there could be other victims out there, too.

"It wouldn’t surprise me if she’d been to different counties," Deputy Prosecutor Cindy Oetjen said.

FOX59 heard a similar story from Roberta Simons in April, who said a woman who seemed legitimate spend 25 minutes in her Anderson home before she realized it was a scam.

"She said, 'Would you walk around your house a couple of times for me, I want to see you walk,'" Simons said. "She says well could I get your ID, I’d like to see your ID and it clicked right there to me."

Prosecutors are looking into whether Simons' case is connected.

This isn't the first time Rodgers has been facing charges for preying on senior citizens in assisted living facilities. She pleaded guilty and was convicted for similar charges in 2013.

A Crestwood Village spokesperson told FOX59 its communities have crime watch programs and have taken steps to alert residents, as well as bringing in IMPD to conduct training on safety.

Home Place representatives provided this statement:

"The welfare of our tenants is of the utmost importance to us and we continue to cooperate with local authorities in this matter."

Investigators want to hear from any additional victims. Anyone who believes he or she may have more information regarding this case is encouraged to contact the Adult Protective Services Unit 8 at 317-327-1403.

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