CAREGIVER SENTENCED FOR STEALING
Friday, January 11, 2013
—A 44-year-old woman was sentenced this morning in a Skokie courtroom to four years in state prison for stealing jewelry from three clients while she worked as a certified nurse assistant in their homes, Cook County Sheriff Thomas J. Dart said.
Krisann Henderson was sentenced separately Thursday in a Rolling Meadows courtroom to two years in prison. Her two sentences will be served concurrently.
Two sentencing hearings were held because the thefts occurred in different jurisdictions.
Henderson, of Arlington Heights, pleaded guilty Dec. 20 in Rolling Meadows to two counts of theft over $500, and she pleaded guilty Dec. 21 in Skokie to one count of residential burglary and one count of theft over $500.
Cook County Sheriff's Police arrested Henderson on September 14 after she admitted to taking about $25,000 worth of jewelry from three mentally and/or physically impaired clients.
Some of the items taken included a 35-karat aqua marine stone broach, 10-karat gold tennis bracelet with 35 round diamonds and a pearl necklace.
A Northfield Township man reported to Cook County Sheriff's police in January 2012 that several pieces of his wife's jewelry were missing. The man could not give further details because his wife was in the hospital and would contact investigators at a later date. Months later, his wife called investigators to give the name of the company that provided home care for her. A list of caregivers assigned to this victim was given to investigators.
Detectives learned that Henderson, a certified nurse assistant, was a customer at an Arlington Heights pawn shop for the last four years and had pawned several items after the theft occurred at the victim's residence.
Police also discovered two other victims, one from Arlington Heights and one from Schaumburg, during the investigation.
When the judge asked her before sentencing today if she wished to say anything to the Court, Henderson replied, "I am very sorry for what I did."