Plymouth woman avoids jail after defrauding client as home health aide

Published on Thursday, 12 May 2022 14:55
Written by JUSTIN MUSZYNSKI

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PLYMOUTH - A local woman who forged checks while she worked as a home health aide, defrauding a patient out of nearly $3,000, has avoided any prison time.

Danielle Ayles, 55, of Main Street, was handed down a suspended sentence during a hearing Wednesday in New Britain Superior Court.

During the proceeding, she was sentenced to three years in prison, suspended, and three years of probation. The suspended portion of her jail sentence will be hanging over her head while on probation.

The sentence Ayles received came after she previously took a plea bargain. She has pleaded guilty to charges of third-degree forgery, health insurance fraud and second-degree identity theft. The charges are associated with two cases, one of which stems from an arrest made by Plymouth police.

According to police, Ayles wrote herself 15 unauthorized checks from a Terryville woman’s bank account. The victim reported being defrauded out of $2,770.

According to the warrant in the Plymouth arrest, the complainant had a hard time using her hands, so Ayles, who, at the time, was a home health aide contracted by a disability services provider, helped write checks for her so she could pay bills. Police said she used her access to the victim’s checkbook to write checks to herself between August and October of 2017.

When interviewed by police, Ayles said the company that hired her allowed her to work 25 hours a week while caring for the complainant. She told officers that she worked anywhere from 45 to 50 hours a week, with the victim paying her privately for the extra hours. Ayles said that’s why she had checks written out to herself from the complainant’s bank account.

Police said they later confirmed that the victim never agreed to write any checks made directly to Ayles, the warrant said.

During a court hearing in late 2019, the attorney representing Ayles said he was intending to apply for a first-time offender program on her behalf. The program, should it have been granted, could have wiped the case off Ayles’ record as though she had never been arrested.

At that time, Ayles only had one case pending. Her attorney indicated there was a possible additional warrant in the pipeline for her arrest. Ayles was later arrested again on larceny, fraud and identity theft charges.

Justin Muszynski can be reached at 860-973-1809 or jmuszynski@bristolpress.com.



Posted in The Bristol Press, Plymouth on Thursday, 12 May 2022 14:55. Updated: Thursday, 12 May 2022 14:57.