Former Nursing Home Employee Accused of Stealing over $10,000

Published: Aug. 20, 2013 at 11:36 PM CDT|Updated: Aug. 26, 2013 at 2:30 PM CDT
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LAWTON, Okla._

A former nursing home employee is facing charges of elderly exploitation.  Over a span of six months, police said Stefani Bridges stole over ten thousand dollars from an elderly man she was caring for while working at a nursing home near 73rd Street and Northwest Cache Road.

Police said Bridges was authorized to make purchases for an elderly man through the use of his bank card. But police said instead in a string of  transactions, she transferred the money onto her own credit cards.

She vowed to take care of the elderly living at this nursing home. But instead, Bridges allegedly bilked an elderly man of over ten thousand dollars.

Red flags were raised after the nursing home's Director of Finance was contacted by a bank and was told that a bank account belonging to one of their residents had been overdrawn by thousands of dollars. The missing money was traced back to employee Stefani Bridges.

Once confronted Bridges admitted to her coworkers that she had in fact taken the money. She was able to do it after she transferred money from her victim's account and into her personal accounts including credit cards.

She used the money to pay off some of her debt and also spent several hundreds of dollars while making her cell phone payments.

Bridges was arrested and taken to jail.

She's since bonded out. 7NEWS went to her home in a Northwest Lawton neighborhood looking for her only to find her husband who had little to say.

7NEWS was not able to contact Bridges, but did to get in touch with an official at Willow Park nursing home who confirmed she was no longer employed there.