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July 3, 2014

Health care aide stole $13K from elderly client

NEWBURYPORT — An Amesbury woman responsible for the well-being and care of a 91-year-old woman instead robbed her of almost $13,000 over a period of one month earlier this year.

On Tuesday, Nichole E. Belluomini, 29, of Pearl Street, pleaded guilty or admitted to sufficient facts to 58 felony counts including larceny over $250 of a person over 60, forgery of a check, uttering a false check, improper use of a credit card over $250, larceny from a building and other charges.

As part of her plea deal with Essex County prosecutors, Belluomini was sentenced to two years in a house of correction with all jail time suspended for two years while on probation.

While she may have escaped jail time, Belluomini was ordered to a year’s house confinement. She was also ordered to pay back $12,900 to her victim, stay away and have no contact with her victim, and not work as a home health aide or personal care assistant or in any capacity with anyone 65 years or older.

Amesbury police Detective Sean Leary estimated that Belluomini stole 21 checks from the victim and cashed them for a total of $7,200. Police also accused her of stealing thousands of dollars worth of jewelry and obtaining the victim’s credit card, which she used to purchase $1,129 worth of merchandise over a period of 38 days.

According to court records, the investigation into Belluomini’s activity began when an accountant hired by the victim’s family to manage her financial affairs began noticing checks from her client were being cashed. The accountant then notified Belluomini’s employer, the owner of a Newburyport-based family home care business, who then reported the alleged incidents to police.

Amesbury Sgt. Albert Chatigny’s report states Belluomini began cashing checks last December and continued to do so in January and February of this year. Belluomini began working for the home care business about eight months earlier and visited her victim Mondays, Wednesday and Fridays between 8 a.m. and 6 p.m., along with every other Sunday.

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