Tuesday, June 18, 2013
Caregiver Allegedly Steals From Fairbanks Cancer Patient, Spends Money on Alcohol and Cigarettes
A live-in caregiver is accused of abusing her privileges with her employer’s bank card to buy herself cigarettes and alcohol.
FAIRBANKS — A live-in caregiver is accused of abusing her privileges with her employer’s bank card to buy herself cigarettes and alcohol.
Dawn M. Shook, 42, who was caring for a woman in the Fairbanks area with liver cancer, had an arrangement to buy things for the woman’s home using blank checks and the woman’s bank card, according to the criminal complaint against Shook.
On Monday, Shook’s employer told Alaska State Troopers her bank balance was off by more than $500 and she suspected Shook. She said she had to borrow money from a friend to buy toilet paper and dog food because of the missing money.
Shook told troopers she used her employer’s bank card six times on Oct. 11 to buy alcohol and cigarettes at Club AK for a total of $353.75. She said she did not have permission to use the card at the bar and that she knew it was wrong, troopers said.
She also told troopers that while she had misused the bank card, she had never misused blank checks her employer gave her.
She was charged with six counts of fraudulent use of an access device, a felony, and six counts of misdemeanor theft.
Contact staff writer Sam Friedman at 459-7545.