Florida woman arrested, suspected of stealing medication & money from 94-year-old woman

Joe Mario Pedersen, Orlando Sentinel
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A Florida woman was arrested Monday and suspected of stealing a 94-year-old woman’s medication and using her credit card to make personal purchases.

Cory Whealen, 35 of Daytona Beach, was arrested Monday afternoon and faces multiple charges of exploitation of an elderly person, neglect of an elderly person, possession of a controlled substance without a prescription, theft of a credit card, fraudulent use of a credit card, fraud in obtaining a medicinal drug and petit theft, according to Volusia County Sheriff’s Office.

VCSO began investigating Whealen, a home health aide worker, after a family member of the victim reported missing pills and credit card charges that occurred throughout the month of January.

Whealen assisted the victim 24 hours a day, VCSO said.

The victim had a bottle of Tramadol tablets go missing sometime between Jan. 18 and Jan. 21. A few days after the pills were reported missing, the pill bottle appeared behind the victim’s bed.

However, a few weeks later it was noted that the pills in the bottle were actually ibuprofen tablets.

A family member asked Whealen about how the bottle could’ve ended up behind the bed, which Whealen insisted was because a pest control worker moved the bed to spray for bugs.

The family member also looked into several suspicious charges on the victim’s credit card totaling $1,031.52, which included a purchase of 28 Hydrocodone pills prescribed to the victim.

“When that bottle was checked, it was discovered those pills had been swapped out with acetaminophen,” VCSO said.

An investigation found Whealen made purchases with the victim’s credit card and sought reimbursement from the victim for the items; meaning the victim paid twice.