NYC Health Aide Guilty Of Stealing $800,000 From Elderly Woman

David Schepp

There are few stories more heart-wrenching than those in which workers take advantage of vulnerable senior citizens. But the case involving 86-year-old Renee Fuld is particularly egregious because the New York City woman also is disabled.

Fuld's aide, Jackie Pokuwaah, 52, was arrested last year for allegedly stealing more than $800,000 from Fuld (pictured at left), who uses a wheelchair to get around. Pokuwaah apparently convinced her patient to write more than 400 checks, payable to the aide, for items such as ice cream, laundry and wallpaper, and then pocketed the cash, the New York Post reports.