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Home Care Worker Accused of Stealing $10K from Elderly Clients

By Nicholas Rizzi | October 7, 2014 2:08pm
 Doris Hernandez, 29, was arrested after prosecutors say she stole 23 checks from the elderly couple she worked for and cashed them for more than $10,000.
Doris Hernandez, 29, was arrested after prosecutors say she stole 23 checks from the elderly couple she worked for and cashed them for more than $10,000.
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NEW SPRINGVILLE — A woman cashed more than $10,000 in checks she stole from an elderly couple she cared for, prosecutors said.

Doris Hernandez, 29, was arrested on Wednesday for stealing 23 checks from the New Springville couple she worked as a home health aide for over four months, according to court papers.

Between June and July, Hernandez swiped the checks from the couple's Windham Loop home, then filled out and endorsed them and deposited them into a Chase bank account she set up for herself, court papers read.

Hernandez told police that she "started signing checks to myself because I was going through a bad situation," court papers read.

The couple, which was not named in court papers, noticed that their bank statements had 23 checks deposited to Hernandez that they did not write and surveillance tape from the bank caught Hernandez depositing them.

She was charged with grand larceny, forgery, petit larceny and criminal possession of stolen property at her Wednesday arraignment, according to the Staten Island District Attorney's office.

Hernandez was released without bail and is due back in court on Dec. 3, according to court records.

Other notable crimes that occurred in Staten Island include:

► A teen followed a 59-year-old woman from the Bay Terrace train station and attempted to mug her at knifepoint on Wednesday — but was outsmarted, prosecutors said.

Christopher Foote, 18, followed the woman as she walked from the Bay Terrace train station around 7 p.m. on Wednesday and grabbed her left arm, court papers read.

He showed the woman a knife and told her "I don't want to hurt you but give me your money," court papers read.

The woman asked him to follow her home where she could get money. Once inside, the woman called the police.

Foote was charged with attempted robbery, criminal possession of a weapon, menacing and attempted petit larceny at his arraignment on Thursday, according to the District Attorney's office.

His bail was set at $10,000 and an order of protection was issued for the woman, according to court records. He's due back in court on Tuesday.

► An ex-con tattooed a 15-year-old girl inside a Grant City tattoo shop last week, prosecutors said.

Erasmo Torres, 41, tattooed three stars on the girls right thigh without her parents consent at Broke and Famous tattoo shop last Monday, according to his arrest record.

Torres, a licensed tattoo artist, was given a desk appearance ticket for tattooing a person under 18.

He previously served five years in prison after he was arrested in Brooklyn for manslaughter, vehicular manslaughter, criminal negligent homicide and attempted criminal sale of a controlled substance, according to Department of Corrections records.

Torres was released from prison in 2007.