By: Patti Weaver
(Stillwater, Okla.) — A former Drumright woman, who was employed by Elara Caring as a home health aide last year, has pleaded guilty to financially exploiting a 95-year-old woman by using the victim’s debit card to make a total of $1,533.89 of unauthorized charges at the Walmart store on N. Perkins Road in Stillwater.
Miranda Lynn Long, 42, of Stillwater, was placed on seven years’ probation last week by Payne County Associate District Judge Stephen Kistler, who ordered her to pay $1,533.89 in restitution along with $260 in assessments, provide a DNA sample, and not work where she would be providing services to persons who are 65 or older.
When Long was interviewed by Stillwater Police Detective Richard Leport on Aug. 3, 2020, she admitted making the charges on the woman’s debit card, but said she had permission from the 95-year-old woman to use her card, an affidavit said.
An investigation had begun on July 9, 2020, when the victim reported to police that her credit union debit card was missing from her Stillwater apartment and “there had been several charges made on the missing card,” the detective wrote in his affidavit.
The 95-year-old woman, who has difficulty hearing and vision problems, “named her Elara Caring Home Health Aide/Personal Care Aide Miranda Long as the person who possibly took her card and made the fraudulent charges,” the affidavit said.
Long was accused of using the victim’s debit card to make fraudulent charges listed as $624.98 on May 27, 2020, $778.29 on July 2, 2020, and $130.62 on July 3, 2020, all at the Walmart on N. Perkins Road.
On July 21, 2020, the detective met with an Elara Caring supervisor, who positive identified the female customer on Walmart surveillance videos “as her employee Miranda Long,” the affidavit said. The 95-year-old woman had signed a credit union cardholder disputed item statement on July 15, 2020, the affidavit said.