AG’s Office Secures Guilty Plea in Theft
from Disabled Woman
Wednesday, June 18, 2008
(CARLSBAD)…In New Mexico Magistrate Court, defendant Denise Escareño pled guilty to one count of exploitation for the theft of a check belonging to a developmentally disabled resident of an assisted living home operated by CARC, Inc. Escareño, age 25, worked as a caregiver at the home before being identified as a suspect in the theft.
The case was investigated by personnel from the Medicaid Fraud and Elder Abuse Division of the New Mexico Attorney General's Office. The AG staff included special agent Jim Stokes and Assistant Attorney General Patrick McNertney.
Ms. Escareño, who cashed the stolen check at a Carlsbad bank, was placed on supervised probation for 360 days by Magistrate Richard Van Dyke and ordered to repay the $500 she had taken.
The Eddy County District Attorney's Office assisted the Attorney General's Office with logistical support throughout this prosecution.