A man used his niece, a licensed home health-care worker, to steal and forge three checks from a Greenacres woman totaling more than $17,000.
A Lantana-area man is facing a charge that he stole more than $17,000 from a 92-year-old Greenacres woman whom doctors deemed unable to care for herself, according to an arrest report.
Jaccin Jean, 55, was released from the Palm Beach County Jail on Saturday after posting a $50,000 bond. He is facing one felony count of exploitation of an elderly person or a disabled adult.
An investigation by the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office Financial Crimes Unit revealed that Jean gained access to the victim through his niece, who was the elderly woman’s licensed caregiver.
Jean’s niece is listed a co-defendant, but her name is blacked out from the arrest report. The report says the unnamed woman was fired from her job by the company that employed her.
The thefts took place from September and October 2016 and came in the form of three forged checks in the amounts of $10,000, $5,000 and $2,008.
The sheriff’s office began involved after Wells Fargo bank officials called the victim to inquire about the $10,000 check and were told that she hadn’t authorized the transactions, the report said.
The checks for $5,000 and $2,008 had the words "for maintenance" on the memo portion of the check. Jean, a handyman, had installed a shower bar and removed a bathroom door for the victim, according to Jean’s niece.