Cortland nurse aide pleads guilty to credit card theft

CORTLAND, N.Y. — A former certified nurse aide at Crown Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation has entered a guilty plea in connection with the theft of a nursing home resident’s credit card.

The New York State Attorney General’s Office announced Hope Pearson’s guilty plea to one felony count of criminal possession of stolen property earlier today.

Hope Pearson

Hope Pearson

In July of 2014, Pearson was employed as a certified nurse aide at Crown Center when she and Schenekqua Carter used the stolen card at regional stores, ATMS, and an upstate New York casino, stealing a total of $5,229.14 in merchandise and cash.

Pearson worked as an agency-assigned certified nurse aide and was not a regular employee of the facility. She provided care for the resident in the week prior to the fraudulent use of the card.

Crown Center administration “was of great assistance” in identifying the cause of the initial theft, the state AG’s office said in a press release.

Her co-defendant, Schenekqua Carter, entered a similar plea and was sentenced to a split sentence of five years’ probation, with credit for 45 days in jail, and an order of restitution.

Pearson will return for sentencing on October 4.