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November 03, 2015

Police allege nursing home employee stole from residents

Authorities said her recent trip to Florida was paid for, in part, by using deceased resident's credit card

A nursing home employee from Philadelphia has been arrested and charged after police said she stole from nursing home residents.

According to NBC10, Syreeta Nicole Jones, a 30-year-old nursing assistant at Elm Terrace Gardens nursing home in Lansdale, Montgomery County, was arrested Sunday at Philadelphia International Airport as she was returning from a trip to Florida that police said she paid for, in part, by using a deceased nursing home resident’s credit card.

Police said more than $1,500 in suspicious transactions were made to the deceased resident's credit card, and one of those was linked to a ticket agency for a Florida hotel that was booked to Jones and a male individual. According to police, purchases were also made to a wireless phone company under Jones’ cellphone account.

Police said they linked Jones to a report of a separate nursing home resident’s stolen check, which was written in the amount of $2,450 and made payable to 39-year-old Eugene Hudnell of Philadelphia, who investigators said is an associate of Jones.

Jones has been charged with identity theft, forgery, securing a document by deception and other related offenses and was taken into custody at the Montgomery County Correctional Facility after failing to post $50,000 bail.

A preliminary hearing is scheduled on Nov. 13.

Meanwhile, NBC10 reports that police are continuing to search for Hudnell, who faces forgery, identity theft and securing a document by deception charges.

Read the full NBC10 report here.