CALCASIEU PARISH, LA (KPLC) - The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office says they are investigating two nursing home workers after receiving complaints that money was stolen from several residents' accounts.
“This was really an unusual situation because our investigation started on one person, and once they did the audit, it exposed the second person," Chief Deputy Stitch Guillory, with CPSO said. “As it turns out, both employees were actually stealing money from the victims.”
Authorities say Andrea Johnson, 38, stole $13,000 over the course of a year from around 21 residents of the nursing home.
Johnson is accused of buying things online using their accounts, then returning the goods for cash.
Chief Deputy Stitch Guillory says through CPSO’s investigation of Johnson, they found Katherine Coyle, the nursing home’s office manager, also stole from residents—they say around $44,000 from 30 residents back in 2017.
Police say Coyle admitted to filing fraudulent requests for cash from residents' accounts without their knowledge, as well as cashing checks and keeping the money. Coyle turned herself in on Jan. 14 and was released the same day on a $200,000 bond.
Meanwhile, a warrant was issued for Johnson. Anyone with information on her whereabouts is asked to contact law enforcement.
CPSO has not released the name of the nursing home. The investigation is ongoing.