Nursing Assistant Accused of Stealing $300,000

Woman accused of using money to remodel home, buy a Mercedes

Friday, Apr 5, 2013  |  Updated 1:10 PM CDT
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Nursing Assistant Accused of Stealing $300,000

Carmelita Pasamba is being held on a $300,00 cash bond.

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Investigators say a certified nursing assistant stole more than $300,000 from an elderly man in her care.

Carmelita Pasamba, 62, faces a felony charge of Financial Exploitation of a Senior Citizen, which could result in 15 years in prison if she's convicted. Pasamba's husband, Edgardo Pasamba, and her sister, Jocelyn Varga Baker, also face lesser felony charges in the case.

Pasamba is accused of stealing the money from the 94-year-old man and using it to remodel her home, purchasing a new Mercedes Benz and giving money to her family.

Prosecutors say Pasamba cared for the victim -- who suffers from dementia -- at St. Joseph's Hospital and later became his in-home care-giver.

She's accused of changing the victim's estate planning documents and writing out loans to herself and her family.

The three family members were being held in the Cook County Jail.

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