Aide charged with identity theft

Aide charged with identity theft

Aide charged with identity theft

Allison J. Snowman

Posted: Friday, October 3, 2014 3:00 am

Aide charged with identity theft

Staff reports

Tonawanda News

A City of Tonawanda home health aide was arrested after police said she stole a credit card from an elderly patient and used it for a spending spree.

Allison J. Snowman, 56, of Maldiner Avenue, was arrested at 4 p.m. Wednesday and charged with three E-felonies related to the theft of a credit card. 

Snowman was working as a home care aide for a 71-year-old City of Tonawanda resident. While in the victim’s home, she allegedly stole her client’s credit card and proceeded to spend approximately $1,100 on alcohol, a cell phone and paying her bills, Police Capt. Fredric Foels said.

Snowman was charged with fourth-degree grand larceny, criminal possession of stolen property and second-degree identity theft. The card was stolen sometime in the past month, police said.

The victim’s son, who serves as power of attorney for his mother due to her illness, also shares a joint account with her. When his credit card was declined he discovered that the bank had gotten suspicious about all the sudden charges and placed a hold on the account. 

Upon investigation, the victim’s son correctly guessed that Snowman has been using the credit card and signing his mother’s name on the receipts. There had been a total of 22 purchases made by his mother’s home care aide. 

Foels said that when City of Tonawanda Police brought Snowman in for questioning, she claimed her motive was “impulse, totally impulse.” She then turned the card, which she had on her person, over to the detectives. 

Snowman was held for court.

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