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Former caretaker accused of stealing

Tony Holt Hernando Today
Published:   |   Updated: May 7, 2013 at 06:36 PM

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A certified-nursing assistant is accused of stealing a woman's debit card and racking up nearly $1,100 in purchases and transactions.

Roniequea Sallie, 21, of 310 Duke St., was booked Friday afternoon on charges of fraudulent use of a credit card, grand theft and identity theft. She was released after posting $6,000 bail, according to jail records.

Sallie was interviewed at the Hernando County Sheriff's Office, at which time she admitted to detectives she stole the Compass Bank debit card from a former patient and used it several times from Aug. 20 until Sept. 15, authorities said.

Sallie was working for Granny Nannies from June 21 until Aug. 10, according to the sheriff's office.

She stole the card while still employed with the senior home care business, deputies said.

Based on sheriff's office reports, Sallie used the card five times between Aug. 20 and Sept. 4 for purchases at Domino's Pizza.

On Sept. 10, Sallie contacted the bank — after it had canceled the customer's card — and stole the newly issued card, deputies said.

Afterward, she withdrew a total of $800 from an automated teller machine and made several more store purchases using the new card, according to reports.

At one point, she spent $106 at Walmart and one day later, spent $60 at a local nail salon, deputies said.

The person whose card was stolen was shown surveillance photos and she identified the suspect as her former caretaker, according to the sheriff's office.

It was the second time in two weeks that a former Granny Nannies employee was arrested in Hernando County.

Nicole M. Danese, 21, of Spring Hill, was arrested Sept. 28 on allegations she battered and threatened a disabled woman in her home. She is scheduled to be arraigned Tuesday. (352) 544-5283

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