Auxiliary nurse charged with stealing from elderly patients in Worcester
WORCESTER, Mass. (WWLP) – Attorney General Maura Healey announced that a nursing assistant has been charged and arraigned for using the debit cards of four nursing home residents and stealing more than 30,000 $ in their accounts.
According to the press release sent to 22News by the Attorney General’s Office, Alexandre Irizarry, 52 years old, of Worcester, was arrested last Friday and arraigned in Worcester Superior Court on Tuesday for:
- Theft committed by a person over 60 (4 counts)
- Attempted theft over $250 from person over 60 (1 count)
- Attempted theft under $250 from a person over 60 (1 count).
After Irizarry’s guilty plea at arraignment, Judge Daniel Wrenn set bail at $5,000 on the condition that he have no contact and stay away from the alleged victims, not have no contact with employees and residents of Parsons Hills who may be witnesses in this matter, do not work as a certified practical nurse in any setting, do not work or volunteer in a nursing facility , a rest home or a health care facility; not work, volunteer, or provide health care services to a person with a developmental disability to anyone age 60 or older; not leave the state without court permission; and surrender his passport. Irizarry was also placed under GPS surveillance
Irizarry was indicted by a Worcester County grand jury on April 14 and arrested on April 15. He is due to attend a pre-trial conference in Worcester Superior Court on May 19.
The charges are the result of an investigation by the AG’s Medicaid Fraud Division and Worcester Police Department detectives. Investigators allege that between June 2020 and May 2021, Irizarry exploited his position of trust as a certified nursing assistant at Parsons Hill Rehabilitation and Health Care Center in Worcester to gain access to the debit cards of the four residents under the guise of have permission from the institution. to shop and bank for residents who have been quarantined during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Irizarry reportedly asked vulnerable residents diagnosed with memory problems, declining health or mental health issues if they needed items from stores or if they had banking needs. Having access to residents’ debit cards and PINs, Irizarry reportedly repeatedly visited ATMs and withdrew between $500 and $1,000 in cash from residents’ accounts each time.
The investigation also revealed that Irizarry kept residents’ debit cards for long periods of time. In one instance, Irizarry saved and used a dying resident’s debit card to withdraw $1,000 while Irizarry was vacationing in Florida. He then returned from his trip and continued to use the ATM card even after the resident died. During Irizarry’s 11-month scheme, prosecutors allege he took more than $30,000 and attempted to steal thousands more.