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Crime Trackers: Caregiver, 4 others arrested for stealing from the elderly

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There are new developments in a case we have been following since December.

It involves the arrest of an Arizona healthcare worker and four others. They are accused of stealing from people the worker was hired to care for.

Four of the five people indicted are now in the Pima County Jail. Three were recently arrested, including 44-year-old Kathryn Hess. Investigators said she is possibly the ring leader. They were charged with fraud, identity theft, trafficking in stolen property, forgery and theft.

Det. Mike Cruce is with the Oro Valley Police Department. 

“The suspect, Kathryn Hess, was a caregiver in people's home and in that type of job they have multiple clients,” said Cruce.

The 44-year old Hess was picked up in Louisiana last week and sent to the Pima County Jail.

Her sister, 33-year old Teresa Hess, was booked on Monday. Hess' 38-year-old boyfriend, Chevy Marchbank, has been in jail since December. 37-year-old Nicole Risner was arrested a week ago. 22-year-old Brittany Crowther was also indicted.

The Attorney General's office said they have dismantled a theft ring.

“It's very common that they will incorporate other people to help them sell the property or cash the checks,” said Cruce.

When it was all said and done, the investigation revealed eight victims who had been taken for a total of more than $34,000.

News 4 Tucson spoke to one of them last December. The victim asked not to be identified.

“You are the lowest of the low when you prey on children and the elderly,” said the victim.

The company who hired Hess immediately fired her after receiving complaints about theft. The company learned she had lost her license as a certified nursing assistant in 2009.  Before hiring her, they checked for felony arrests and she had none. However, Cruce said she did have a dozen arrests, all misdemeanors.

He said the companies need to be more diligent about background checks.

“I think there's a lot more they can do to insure that people that they hire and put into people's homes that they can be trusted,” said Cruce.

If you or someone you know has caregivers that come into the home, police say to lock up valuables, including checkbooks, credit cards, cash and jewelry.

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