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Woman Posing As Caretaker May Face Additional Charges

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Detectives have charged Lacey Marie Silcox, 25, with multiple counts of check larceny, obtaining property by false pretenses, identity theft, larceny by an employee and forgery after a multi-agency, dual-county investigation. Detectives have charged Lacey Marie Silcox, 25, with multiple counts of check larceny, obtaining property by false pretenses, identity theft, larceny by an employee and forgery after a multi-agency, dual-county investigation.
HENDERSON COUNTY, N.C. -

Detectives have charged Lacey Marie Silcox, 25, with multiple counts of check larceny, obtaining property by false pretenses, identity theft, larceny by an employee and forgery after a multi-agency, dual-county investigation.

Authorities believe more charges may be forthcoming.

They’re asking for anyone with information to contact either contact Detective Tonya Starling at the Henderson County Sheriff's Office at 828-694-2796 or Detective Gail Mackey at the Transylvania County Sheriff's Office at 828-884-3210, ext. 3.

The incident while unfortunate is all too common, according to officials with the Council on Aging for Henderson County.

“I can’t tell you how many times I have shown up at an older adult's doorstep with my name tag on,” says Caron McKay, “and luckily I am with a reputable agency, but folks will let me in."

McKay assists seniors in finding the help they need to live independently.

According to detectives Silcox worked for several home healthcare service providers in Henderson and Transylvania counties until October 2012.

Detectives say she continued to pose as an at-home healthcare worker and stole medications and jewelry from the patients she once served.

It really makes me afraid you know, when you hear some of these things,” says Sandra Pesch who lives in Hendersonville.

Silcox is currently being held under a $140,000 bond at Henderson County Detention Center.

The Council on Aging offers these tips to people looking for a home healthcare service provider:

  • How is the agency licensed or accredited?
  • How long has the agency been in business?
  • Are the employees bonded and insured?
  • What kind of criminal background checks are performed for prospective employees? Are references checked? How many? Are personnel files updated annually?
  • What kind of experience/certification do their aides have before they are hired?
  • What type of training does the company provide to employees? Does training cover Alzheimer's and dementia care?
  • Who pays the worker's social security or other insurance?
  • What are the fees? Are there additional costs for weekends, holidays or at other times?
  • What is the billing procedure? Do you pay the agency or the aide directly?
  • Does the agency bill Medicare or other insurance directly for covered services.
  • Does the agency provide employee job descriptions, or a plan of care in writing for clients?
  • Is there a minimum number of hours or days per week required by the agency?
  • Does the agency offer a free home health care consultation by a registered nurse prior to start of service?
  • What kind of quality control checks are made by supervisory personnel and how frequently are they made? Who is available if problems arise? Is 24-hour call-in to a registered nurse available?
  • Will the same person be providing care on a regular basis?
  • Is a list of agency references available for you to check the level of client satisfaction? (Be sure to check these out!)
  • Can you interview the employee? Is there a fee for this?
  • Does the aide have reliable transportation?
  • If you need specialized medical care, are employees licensed to perform it?
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