A former aged care worker in Sydney has been charged after allegedly using a deceased resident’s debit card to fund his own expenses.
The accused, Sione Kula, had been caring for a 73-year-old man before his death in August last year at an aged care facility in Brighton-Le-Sands.
The deceased man’s family reported that his debit card had been stolen and used fraudulently after his death, leading to a police investigation.
Detectives arrested Mr Kula at his Punchbowl residence on Tuesday morning after a thorough investigation, charging him with larceny and dishonestly obtaining financial advantage by deception.
It is alleged that Mr Kula stole the victim’s debit card while working as his carer, and used it to purchase various items, including food, clothing, cigarettes, streaming services, and public transport.
Appearing in Bankstown Local Court on Wednesday, Mr Kula was denied bail and will remain behind bars until his next court appearance on April 13.
Additionally, he has been stood down from his position at the aged care facility.
The incident has raised concerns about the safety of vulnerable residents in aged care facilities and the trust placed in carers.
The accused’s case has been adjourned, and investigations are ongoing.
The allegations against Mr Kula serve as a reminder that elder abuse and financial exploitation remain prevalent issues in aged care facilities. The elderly population is particularly vulnerable to financial abuse, and it is important for loved ones and carers to be vigilant and report any suspicious activity.