WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:
- Elizabeth Daniels faces theft and other charges after allegedly stealing a diamond ring and credit card from a coronavirus patient under her care.
- The defendant is also accused of unauthorized purchases using the credit card on the day the patient died, Denver DA reports.
- The diamond ring stolen is estimated at $20,000 to $25,000 and the fraudulent charges on the credit card were estimated at $3,000.
Barbara Gust, 86 years old, died on April 15 from coronavirus at the nursing home where she lives. Elizabeth Daniels, who provided care for the patient, now faces legal charges for stealing one diamond ring and credit cards belonging to the patient.
The Office of the Denver District Attorney (DA) moves forward with the legal case, issuing a press release claiming that the defendant stole the ring from the patient under her care. Per the report made public, the caregiver took the ring days before the old woman died and pawned it off.
The defendant is also accused of unauthorized purchases using the credit cards on the day the patient died. The family noticed “that there had been activity on several credit cards following her death,” and reported the incident right away.
The police department reports that the defendant is a temporary employee at the Carillon at Belleview Station in Denver. The diamond ring stolen is estimated at $20,000 to $25,000 and the fraudulent charges on the credit cards were estimated at $3,000.
Carillon at Belleview Station did not respond to the request for comments.
The diamond ring was traced and found at a local pawnshop on April 20. The police department believes that the defendant pawned the stolen jewelry for $13,000, per the arrest affidavit.
The Denver Police Department declined to comment on the open investigation beyond what is made public with the released arrest affidavit. It is not clear whether the defendant sought legal counsel.
Denver DA charged the defendant with theft from an at-risk person, identity theft, providing a false statement to a pawnbroker and criminal possession of a financial transaction device.
“As Ms. Gust’s family was making arrangements with the funeral home, they became aware of the alleged theft and reported it to the Denver Police Department,” reads the press release. “Detectives assigned to investigate secured the arrest affidavit for Daniels the same day.”