A 45-year-old caregiver from Monongahela is facing charges after police said she altered checks and stole from a blind woman she cared for.
According to police, Karen Burton altered personal checks so she could steal money from 81-year-old Veronica Marraccini on several occasions.
“She was sweet to me while she was stabbing me in the back,” Marraccini told Channel 11’s Cara Sapida. “She took advantage of me because I am partially blind and can’t hear well.
Marraccini told investigators that she wrote Burton a check for $50 on May 8, but the check was altered to read $550. Marraccini said she’s legally blind and can’t see well enough to handle bills.
Authorities said Burton allegedly admitted to police that she altered the check by putting another "5" in front of the "$50." Investigators said Burton admitted to doing the same thing on several other occasions.
“I would say she stole about $7,000,” Marraccini said. “To take advantage of an old lady is a shame.”
According to police, Burton also admitted to opening a credit card and a Bill Me Later account in Marraccini’s name.
“I really credit the mailman for being alert and notifying us – that started the investigation,” Monongahela police Chief Brian Tempest said.
Marraccini said she hopes the judge sentences Burton to the maximum allowed.
“I’m glad she’s in jail. That’s a good place for her,” Marraccini said.
Burton is facing several charges, including forgery, theft by deception and access device fraud. She was arraigned Wednesday and was placed in the Washington County Correctional Facility in lieu of $25,000 straight cash bond.
Channel 11’s news exchange partners at TribLIVE contributed to this report.