NAPPANEE — A Nappanee woman is accused of stealing money from residents at Heritage Haus senior living center last winter.
Abbagayle Kauffman, 20, is charged with two counts of fraud as a Level 6 felony and one count of theft as a Class A misdemeanor. A warrant for her arrest was issued Wednesday with bond set at $3,000.
According to court documents:
A Nappanee Police officer responded to Heritage Haus on Feb. 25 and spoke with two residents who said they had recently noticed unauthorized purchases made with their debit or credit cards. One man’s card, which he shared with his deceased wife, was used for eight purchases in February and another man’s card was used several times in December.
Both said the cards had been used for various online purchases. The transactions included Google Games, Amazon.com and makeup websites.
An officer spoke with one of the men again the next day, who said he noticed $150 in cash missing from an envelope in his room. He said he woke up around 1 a.m. to take his medication and found Kauffman, a Heritage Haus employee, in his room, which was unusual at that hour.
A manager at the center told police she believed that Kauffman was responsible for the credit cards being used. She said she announced to the employees that detectives would be speaking with all of them, and Kauffman then left and never returned, not even to pick up her last paycheck.
A police detective later made contact with Kauffman, who allegedly admitted that she used the two credit cards to buy Christmas gifts and for rent money. She said she used one man’s card but only wrote down the information from the other card.
She also allegedly admitted to stealing the cash from one man’s room. She said she used the credit cards because Heritage Haus wasn’t giving her enough hours to work.