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Port Washington Caregiver Accused of $10K Theft

A former personal care assistant at an assisted living facility in Port Washington has been accused of trying to steal more than $10,000 from an 88-year-old woman in her care.

Stephanie Benodin was charged Wednesday with criminal possession of a forged instrument and attempted grand larceny from a resident of Tuttle Center, a part of The Amsterdam at Harborside.

Prosecutors from the New York State attorney general’s office said the 25-year-old suspect waited until the victim was admitted to North Shore University Hospital in Manhasset to deposit a forged check that Benodin allegedly stole from the victim’s home.

The check was made out to Benodin’s mother and was deposited at a Capital One Bank branch in Queens Village into Benodin’s mother’s account, authorities said.

Port Washington village police began the investigation after the victim’s daughter uncovered the alleged theft.

Bail for Benodin was set at $10,000. She is due back in court Friday and faces up to seven years in prison.

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