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Home health care assistant sentenced for stealing

April 18, 2019

ST. JOSEPH, Mo. (AP) — A 34-year-old in-home health care nursing assistant was sentenced to five years in federal prison without parole for stealing from a client.

Ashley Garr, of St. Joseph, was sentenced Thursday and ordered to pay nearly $250,000 in restitution to her victim.

The St. Joseph News-Press reports Garr pleaded guilty in August to filing a false tax return and aggravated identity theft.

Prosecutors say Garr used information stolen from the victim’s checkbook and identification to withdraw about $224,000 from the victim’s bank account. She used the money to pay her student loans, credit card bills and other personal and household expenses. The crime was uncovered when the victim’s bookkeeper noticed charges the victim didn’t make on her account.

Garr also admitted she filed fraudulent tax returns for 2014 and 2015.

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Information from: St. Joseph News-Press/St. Joe, Missouri, http://www.newspressnow.com