Norwalk woman accused of stealing from Ohio Veterans Home patient

Aaron Krause • Mar 4, 2014 at 4:44 PM

An Ohio Veterans Home nurse's aide is accused of stealing a $100 gift card from a patient.

Kelli Corder 29, of 166 Whittlesey Ave., is charged with theft and theft in office, both fifth-degree felonies, Ohio Veterans Home Police Chief Gabe Ferencz said. She has a preliminary court hearing scheduled for Tuesday in Sandusky Municipal Court.

Corder was arrested Feb. 20, booked into the Erie County Jail and posted a $10,000 bond ($5,000 on each charge).

The chief said the 84-year-old victim at the Sandusky facility couldn't find his gift card and reported it to his social worker on Dec. 16. She had bought the card for him on his behalf on Dec. 12, Ferencz said. He added it's common practice for social workers to help patients with various needs if they are unable to get around.

On Dec. 18, police were notified the $100 Visa gift card, which was purchased from Walmart in Sandusky, was missing.

Officers subpoenaed records from a bank and looked at surveillance video. They were able to obtain video footage from the Walmart stores in Norwalk and Sandusky, where police saw Corder making transactions with the card, Ferencz said. He added she also made a purchase at the Dollar General Store in Sandusky, but they did not have video surveillance.

During one of the transactions, which was captured on video, she was with a small child, Ferencz said.

Following an investigation, Corder was placed on unpaid administrative leave, the chief said.

Charges were filed Jan. 22.

The chief said Corder was arrested Feb. 20 after she had just returned from an out-of-state trip.

Following an administrative review, Corder resigned, effective last Monday.

"It's an unfortunate incident," Ferencz said. "It does not happen very often at the Veterans Home. We do not tolerate any such illegal activities. We have zero tolerance for that."

Ferencz said he is unaware of previous allegations of theft involving the suspect. However, she was reprimanded during at least four instances involving attendance, he said. He added on Jan. 23, 2013, Corder was suspended for five days for "sleeping on duty."

Corder worked at the Ohio Veterans Home for six years, Ferencz said.

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