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Home health care aide pleads guilty to bank fraud

A home health care aide faces 30 years in prison after she pleaded guilty Friday to bank fraud in U.S. District Court after admitting she opened an unauthorized credit card account in the name of the elderly woman she was hired to care for and used it to fraudulently make thousands of dollars in purchases.

In May 2015, Cassie Tillinghast, 32, of Buffalo was hired as an in-home health care aide for an elderly woman and her husband, said Assistant U.S. Attorney Marie P. Grisanti. After her employment, Tillinghast fraudulently applied for a Discover credit card in the woman's name, using the card between Nov. 25, 2015, and Dec. 21, 2015, to fraudulently obtain goods and merchandise. As a result, Discover Financial Services suffered a total loss of $6,462.89., Grisanti said.

The U.S. Postal Service Inspection Service investigated the case. Sentencing is scheduled for Feb. 8.

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