Caregiver accused of stealing cancer survivor's food stamps

- A son is going to his mother's defense after he says she was taken advantage of by her caretaker.

Jimmie Beth Havard is 67 years old. Her son says she's a lung cancer survivor and struggles speaking and living on her own. For the past 3 years, she's depended on a caretaker to handle a lot of her basic needs such as buying groceries. Unfortunately, the son says now his mother has become a victim.

On July 21st, Brian Graham says he fired his mother's caretaker after learning that she was doing anything, but caring.

"We never thought that this lady was taking my mom's food stamps," says Graham.

His mother, who goes by the name Beth, relies on government assistance. Beth lives by herself in Pasadena and Graham says her stubborn will makes it hard for him and his siblings to convince Beth to move in with them.

Brian became suspicious after receiving a text, from his mother's nurse saying Beth smelled like pee, that her bedside commode was full and that the tub was filthy. It was then that other troubling details began to surface.

"My mother kept saying she has my food stamp card," says Graham.

After firing Beth's caretaker, Graham filed a report with the Pasadena Police and took to social media sharing his mother's story.

"Maybe it starts off with I'm going to go to Walmart to pick up their prescription and I'm going to pick up food for them, but then they start using it for themselves," says Rachel Portnoy, Community Engagement Specialist for Adult Protective Services

"She had access to my mom's ID, social security, her credit cards, her food stamps..." says Graham.

Brian says several people have reached out to him saying the same lady who apparently stole from his mom has done the same to others

"She tries to get people put on hospice, get them heavily medicated and she takes their checks and writes checks and takes their credit cards and takes money out of the account," says Graham when talking about his mother's former caregiver.

Graham has contacted Adult Protective Services, who would not discuss the case, but they do recommend that if you or a loved one are in need of a caregiver, make sure they have a criminal background check done and pass as a person you can trust.
 

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