Sheriff's Office Describes Person of Interest in Possible Home Care Scam

Sheriff's Office Describes Person of Interest in Possible Home Care Scam

December 08, 2017 04:29 PM

(ABC 6 News) - UPDATE: The Worth County Sheriff's Office has released a description of a woman believed to be involved in a home care scam.

In a Facebook post, the Worth County Sheriff's Office said they've received two different descriptions of a woman approaching homes in and around the Grafton area.


The sheriff's office said the woman is being described as either having light or dark hair, is between 5'2" and 5'5", 130-140 lbs. and appears to be in her late 20's to mid-30's and driving a dark gray mini-van.

In the post, the sheriff's office noted the woman may be using a wig for disguise.

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The Cerro Gordo County Department of Public Health and the Worth County Sheriff's Office is warning residents to be on the lookout for a person allegedly posing as a home nurse and stealing prescription medications.

The sheriff's office said they've received several reports of a woman stopping at homes saying she works for either the Worth County Public Health or Worth County Home Care. 

The sheriff's office said in most cases the woman was welcomed into the home and that in some cases it was reported that prescription pills were taken.

The Cerro Gordo County Department of Public Health said they've received reports involving a person claiming they are either from the health department or the human services office.  Residents reported that the person asked to see what medications the resident was taking and in turn offering medical equipment.  

The department of public health said the equipment being offered could, in fact, be harmful to the patient and that in some cases prescription medication was reported stolen from the home.

Both the sheriff's office and the department of public health is reminding residents to make sure to check for proper credentials/identification for anyone attempting to gain access to your home and that you should never give out any information or to let anyone into your home until you've confirmed their identity.

If anyone suspicious does come to your home you're asked to call the sheriff's office at 641-324-2481.

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