Police: Caretaker stole $34,000 from West Whiteland woman

Jim Melwert
February 11, 2020 - 1:17 pm

UPDATED: 1:52 p.m.

WEST CHESTER, Pa. (KYW Newsradio) — A Coatesville woman has been accused of stealing $34,000 from a woman she was supposed to be taking care of.

Charlique Boggs, 35, was hired to take care of a 68-year-old West Whiteland Township woman, but police say Boggs stole the sum from her over a six-month period from August through January.

"Through the investigation, we determined there was over 120 ATM withdrawals, sometimes up to $900 a day," said West Whiteland police Detective Scott Pezick.

He says there were also two car payments made in Boggs' name.

"This woman was a Department of Defense employee for years," Pezick said of the victim. "Now she's retired, and she's counting on these home health care workers to help her take care of herself. And in this case it appears this person took advantage of that."

Pezick says before the alleged theft, the woman gave the Boggs a loan that she says she never expected to be paid back.

"The victim in this case felt bad for this home health care worker. She was trying to get into a new residence, so she actually wrote her a check for $5,700 to help her get into a new residence with her children." Pezick said.

The woman's nephew brought the transactions to the attention of authorities, Pezick says.

Pezick says it’s too early to say what the stolen cash was spent on. Boggs is charged with theft by unlawful taking, access device fraud and receiving stolen property.