Police Add 9 Charges, Allege Nursing Home Employee Conned Over $100K from Resident
The admissions director of a Fair Lawn nursing home has been charged with theft, forgery and impersonation of another in connection with alleged looting of an 82-year-old man's bank account.
Credit card purchases allegedly made by a Maple Glen Center nursing home employee whom Maywood Police say conned an elderly nursing home resident after gaining access to his bank account now exceed $100,000, authorities announced Friday.
Kye Giacalone, 31, the nursing home’s admissions director, was charged June 15 with theft of entrusted funds, theft by deception and four counts of theft by credit card. Originally estimated at $29,000, the total amount allegedly stolen by Giacalone grew as the investigation proceeded and, as a result, police have tacked on nine additional charges. The new charges, added Friday, include four counts of forgery, four counts of impersonating another and one count of second degree theft.
Giacalone, of Lodi, allegedly befriended the 82-year-old former Maywood resident and gained power of attorney in Sept. 2010, which she used to open credit cards in the man’s name, police said. She then took money from the victim’s account to purchase personal items with the credit cards, even after the man moved out of Maple Glen Center and into another nursing home, police said.
A family friend of the victim tipped off police after noticing money had been taken from the man’s bank account, Gillies said.
Maple Glen Center’s acting administrator, Lauraine Harrison, said she had not suspected any wrongdoing before police came to the center Friday to arrest Giacalone.
“We weren’t aware of any of this,” Harrison said. “When we found out, we suspended her immediately and launched our own investigation.”
Citing privacy laws, Harrison declined to release the length of time Giacalone had worked at Maple Glen Center, but said she did not have regular direct contact with nursing home residents.
All Maple Glen Center employees are subject to a background check, Harrison said.
Maywood Detective Sgt. Mark Gillies said he did not know whether the bank accounts of any other Maple Glen Center residents had been compromised, but noted that as residents who had regular contact with Giacalone look into their own finances, additional abnormalities may come to light.
Giacalone is currently being held at Bergen County Jail, with bail for the nine new charges set at $75,000 with no 10 percent option.
Her case has been referred to the Bergen County Prosecutor's Office.