Crime

Aide stole $11,000 from elderly employer, Cary police charge

Jennifer Lynn Herrera
Jennifer Lynn Herrera CCBI

An aide to an elderly woman embezzled at least $11,000 from her, beginning before Christmas, according to charges on which she was arrested Thursday night.

Jennifer Lynn Herrera, 36, was charged with felony embezzlement and felony exploitation of the trust of a disabled or elderly person.

Police said in an arrest warrant Thursday that Herrera was the woman’s employee, but they did not specify her duties.

The warrant said the embezzlement began on Dec. 22 and ran through Wednesday.

The embezzlement charge uses legal language, saying Herrera did “knowingly misapply and convert to her own use at least $11,000” belonging to the woman.

It was not immediately clear how police believe the embezzlement happened.

Police were alerted by a relative of the woman’s.

Herrera was convicted last October of misdemeanor fraud. She had been arrested in March 2016 on a charge of misrepresenting information so she could get unemployment benefits two years earlier.

A magistrate set Herrera’s bail at $30,000. The magistrate noted that Herrera has been arrested several times for not appearing in court when she was supposed to after previous arrests, including last May in the fraud case.

Authorities always urge family members to keep tabs on the finances of older relatives as a way to prevent their having resources stolen or misplaced.

Ron Gallagher: 919-829-4572, @RPGKT

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