CARETAKER CHARGED WITH RIPPING OFF ELDERLY WOMAN PATIENT FOR OVER $160,000
Queens District Attorney Richard A. Brown today announced that a home health care aide, who has been caring for an elderly East Elmhurst infirmed woman, has been charged with ripping off her patient for over $160,000.
District Attorney Brown identified the defendant as Bibi Khan, 40, of 105-45 135th Street, Richmond Hill. She has been charged with Grand Larceny in the Second Degree, Forgery in the Second Degree and Criminal Possession of a Forged Instrument in the Second Degree and faces up to 15 years in prison if convicted.
District Attorney Brown said, "The defendant, who was entrusted to care for a 91-year-old patient recently diagnosed with dementia, is alleged to have ripped off that patient for a substantial sum of money and was on her way to totally cleaning the woman out of her life savings and house. The defendant is alleged to have preyed upon someone physically weak and mentally frail and unable to fend for herself."
According to the charges, Khan wrote a total of 105 blank checks totaling $166,673 between February 1999 and January 2002 and had the victim sign them. The defendant then allegedly negotiated the checks through four different banks where she was able to cash them.
Assistant District Attorney Dianna L. Megias of the District Attorney’s Special Victims Bureau, under the supervision of Bureau Chief Marjory D. Fisher and overall supervision of Executive Assistant District Attorney for Major Crimes Gregory L. Lasak, is handling the case, with assistance from Detective Michael Giacobello of the District Attorney’s Detective Bureau and Supervising Forensic Accountant James Dever.
It should be noted that an indictment is merely an accusation and that defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty.