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Former nursing assistant charged with stealing from dementia patient

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A 33-year-old former employee of a west suburban long-term care facility has been charged with stealing the credit card of an elderly dementia patient and racking up nearly $600 in unauthorized charges.

Myra Gordon, a former CNA at Manor Care in Hinsdale, has been charged with one count of aggravated identity theft, a Class 3 felony, according to a release from the DuPage County State's Attorney's office.

Gordon, of the 15W600 block of Mockingbird Lane in Willowbrook, appeared in court Thursday and Judge Thomas Else set bond at $5,000, the release said. She posted the necessary $500 bail and was released.

She allegedly stole a credit card from a elderly dementia patient under her care, and used it to make $585.20 worth of unauthorized purchases, according to prosecutors.

"What Ms. Gordon is accused of doing is absolutely disgraceful and will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law," State's Atty. Rober Berlin said in a statement. "Individuals with disabilities, particularly if they are elderly, rely on others for their day to day living. They place their complete trust in those who are charged with their care.

"The fact that someone could betray that trust and take advantage of another human being when they are at their most vulnerable is appalling."

Gordon's next court appearance is scheduled for Dec. 3 before Judge Robert Kleeman.

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