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Former Caregiver Jailed For Financial Exploitation Of A Vulnerable Adult, Fraud And Theft-Related Crimes

CONTACT: Earl F. Fechter, Assistant Attorney General, (802) 828-5511

October 6, 2009

Heather Whitehouse, a former caregiver who provided care to seniors with Alzheimer’s disease, has been sentenced to jail for financial exploitation of a vulnerable adult, fraud and other crimes of dishonesty. The charges stemmed from her employment as a caregiver at The Arbors, in Shelburne, Vermont, a residential care community dedicated to serving the needs of seniors with Alzheimer’s disease and related memory impairments. “People who prey on vulnerable seniors are on notice that we will not stand for this kind of abuse of trust,” said Attorney General William Sorrell. The Medicaid Fraud and Residential Abuse Unit of the Attorney General’s Office prosecuted this case.

Heather Whitehouse was sentenced by Judge Linda Levitt to two to four years in jail, six months to serve, followed by four years of probation, subject to standard and special conditions, on charges of Financial Exploitation of a Vulnerable Adult, Fraudulent Use of a Credit Card, False Pretenses, and Selling Stolen Property. Immediately following her sentencing, Ms. Whitehouse was remanded to the custody of the Department of Corrections to begin serving her sentence.

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