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Police: In-home worker stole from legally blind woman

Chante Lewis (Provided by the Hamilton County Sheriff's Office) Chante Lewis (Provided by the Hamilton County Sheriff's Office)
CLIFTON, OH (FOX19) -

An in-home worker is accused of stealing a legally blind woman's debit card and withdrawing $5,500 from her bank account in September and October.

Chante Lewis, 33, of Madisonville faces one count of theft and 15 counts of receiving stolen property, court records show.

She was booked into the Hamilton County jail Tuesday and is scheduled to appear before a judge at 9 a.m. Wednesday, jail officials said.

Lewis works for an agency that sends employees to client residences to assist individuals with different tasks in the home, Cincinnati police wrote in a sworn statement. She began working for the victim in September.

At some point, the victim's bank card was purloined and the suspect took control over it, police wrote.

Most of the ATM withdrawals were at United Fidelity Bank on Ludlow Avenue, where the victim does her banking, court records show.

Five of the withdrawals also occurred at an ATM located in Akron, where Lewis is from, police wrote.

In all, $5,500 was taken from the victim's account, records state. The victim told police there were about 33 illicit uses of the card at the ATM.

Police have recorded video evidence of 16 separate illegal uses of the victim's bank card, court records show. An employee at the agency for which Lewis works identified her as the individual in several of the ATM videos.

"It can be inferred that the suspect is responsible for all the illicit uses of the card even though I do not have recorded evidence for all the transactions," police wrote in the sworn statement.

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