A Florida nursing assistant was arrested Thursday after the husband of her elderly Alzheimer’s patient received a credit card statement for an account they hadn’t opened, billing them for thousands in cosmetic surgery.
(Video: Fox 35)
Tiffany Acuna, 31, also known as Tiffany Kent, was working as a certified nursing assistant with America In-Home Care, a company that assigned her to care for an 88-year-old Alzheimer’s patient in Deltona, Florida. However, on April 4 an investigation that led to her arrest was started when the patient’s husband received a credit card bill for $7,160.11 for procedures that included a Brazilian butt lift.
According to a release from the Volusia County Sheriff’s Office, deputies were dispatched to the patient’s home when the husband contacted them about the statement for a credit card they had not signed up for. “Further investigation revealed a transaction for $7,000 was made on Nov. 1, 2022, for multiple procedures at Moon Plastic Surgery,” located in Miami Florida.
Along with the butt lift, Fox 35 reported that Acuna had allegedly undergone a skin-tightening procedure and liposuction on her arms, all of which she denied.
Despite denying the allegations, the suspect was said to have contacted the victim’s husband after investigators had initially questioned her hoping to establish a repayment plan with him. That effort led to her arriving at the victim’s home Thursday with $1,500 in cash and a loan agreement contract, only to be met by deputies who arrested her.
“The second you are aware of misconduct,” Scott Silver of the Silver Law Group told Fox 35, “you have a duty to report it and work with the companies because the more time that goes by the harder it is going to be to recuperate that money.”
According to Fox News, Acuna had been suspended from her employment with America In-Home Care the same day allegations of credit card fraud were leveled against her. Following her arrest, she was held in Volusia County Jail and charged with grand theft and fraudulent use of ID without consent of a victim 60 or older before being released after posting $10,000 bail.
In addition to Silver highlighting the importance of reporting such alleged crimes as soon as possible for the sake of the victim, Karen Murillo of AARP Florida noted how doing so helped prevent future crimes as well.
“By reporting something early on, you’re potentially preventing this type of harm from occurring to other families,” she told Fox 35. In all likelihood, she explained, Acuna’s record had been flagged by the state of Florida over the allegations and this is “likely something that will prevent her from practicing again in the future.”
A representative from the outlet reached out to Acuna for comment but she had not replied at the time of this posting.
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