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Health care worker accused of theft from elderly patient

Posted July 28, 2011

A Wayne County health care worker was arrested Thursday on charges that she stole thousands of dollars in property from a 79-year-old patient.

Angela Darden Ward, 46, of 606 Western Wayne Drive in Pikeville, was charged with one count each of felony exploitation of an elder person and felony obtaining property by false pretense.

Investigators said Ward was hired to care for the female victim at her home and that the patient reported more than $21,000 worth of property missing.

Ward was in the Wayne County jail Thursday under a $4,000 secured bond.


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  • jrfergerson Jul 28, 2011

    Love that dear in the headlights look of DARN I CAN'T BELIEVE I GOT CAUGHT. Those that take advantage of the elderly forget they will one day be elderly and need someone to look after them - I certainly hope they don't get taken advantage of like this poor elderly lady did.

  • airbornemonty Jul 28, 2011

    And as weak as our judicial system is, she'll be back exploiting someone else again with unclean hands.

    [You can remove the person out of their criminal environment but you can not remove the criminal environment out of the person].

    I know that I've changed the words to the old saying but the meaning of the saying remains the same.

  • whatelseisnew Jul 28, 2011


    True. Last year we had my MIL stay with us for five weeks. She needed physical assistance due to a problem. The first week she did not mind, but it did not take long for her to start complaining she wanted to go to her own place. She was tickled pink when we took her back to her home at the end of the five weeks.

  • Scubagirl Jul 28, 2011

    wildcat.......do you have, or have yor ever, elderly and ill parents? If not then you have absolutely no idea what you are talking about!
    Often times there are many reasons why the elderly are NOT in the home of their grown children. Yes sometimes its selfishness on the part of the kids but more often than not it's the elderly person's decision as they want to keep their independence, or what little is left of it, they don't want to leave the home they have lived in for decades, not just years, DECADES!
    You cannot blame the relatives for this. You can only blame the greedy scum of a woman who was ENTRUSTED and might I add PAID to care for them. It's disgusting to me!

  • amethystdivine Jul 28, 2011

    Bugeroff: She is listed on the NCBON website as a NAII.
    As a healthcare worker myself (not a nurse or NA), I find this very disturbing. We are entrusted to care for our patients, not steal from them. What a pathetic creature she is!

  • jjkilgore Jul 28, 2011

    Wildcat. I would like you to TRY and explain how your opinion makes any sense at all.

  • DeM Jul 28, 2011

    Just FYI to those that think the family could have avoided this if they were diligent...My father is aging and isn't exactly letting the family remove items from his home, even to protect him from this type of predator. And background checks only go so far. You can only do so much for an aging relative that still wants his autonomy, and doesn't choose to share what belongings might be purloined. Also, the elderly can lose their faculties later in life, they are often generous with caregivers... and some caregivers will take any gifts offered without questioning how reasonable the the giver is at the time. Despite knowing that, I certainly couldn't quit my job and take care of my father in another state, regardless of how much I would like to be 'there for him'.

  • BuggerOff Jul 28, 2011

    She does not appear to be any sort of licensed healthcare worker, according to the NCBON website.

    WRAL - please do your reseach to prevent giving (alleged) thieves a healthcare provider title that they don't deserve!

  • wildcat Jul 28, 2011

    She should go to jail for a long long time.


  • nanasix Jul 28, 2011

    Why are bonds not in line with the crime? What's wrong with out system?