Far Rockaway social worker charged with stealing nearly $160,000 from elderly patient: DA – QNS.com
A Far Rockaway social worker was charged Thursday with robbery and impersonation after allegedly stealing nearly $150,000 from an elderly patient at a rehabilitation center where she worked in 2019.
Olivia Gordon, 28, was arraigned in Queens Criminal Court on March 11 on a host of charges, following allegations that she robbed a 90-year-old patient from her facility after gaining access to her bank account, according to Queens District Attorney Melinda Katz. .
Gordon, who is from Hempstead, Long Island, served as the director of social services at a rehabilitation and health care center in Far Rockaway in March 2019. That month, a 90-year-old woman was transferred to the facility after falling and being injured. herself in her Brooklyn home.
Upon admission to the facility, Gordon had access to the woman’s bank account statements and other financial documents.
Shortly after the woman’s admission, Gordon reportedly began withdrawing money from the woman’s account and transferring it to his own.
In May 2019, Gordon made several withdrawals from the patient’s account, including one for $106,148, according to the criminal complaint. Each withdrawal from the elderly woman’s account matched a payment made by Gordon shortly thereafter, according to the DA.
At the end of June 2019, Gordon paid off a federal student loan in one payment of $106,148, according to the charges.
Gordon also allegedly used the stolen money to pay off several credit cards.
But Gordon went further, attempting to make herself the legal heir to the woman’s nearly $1 million fortune when she died, Katz said.
On May 7, 2019, the company holding an annuity for the 90-year-old woman received a fax from Gordon claiming she was the woman’s “custodian/pseudo-granddaughter,” according to authorities. Several days later, she allegedly sent a second fax asking the company to send her money.
The company denied the claim after being unable to verify the claims with the 90-year-old.
Gordon, who will return to court on May 4, faces up to 15 years in prison if convicted.