Hillsborough County
Chad Chronister, Sheriff
Tampa, FL
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    Release Number: 15-376

    • For Immediate Release:
    • Public Information Office of Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office
    • July 23, 2015
    • Contact Person:
    • Public Information Office : piooffice@hcso.tampa.fl.us
    • 813/247-8060

    Home Health Care Workers Arrested For Exploitation Of An Elderly Person

    The investigation continues.
    • Tuesday
    • July 14, 2015
    • Time: 12:00 AM
    • Hillsborough County

    Suspect #1:


    Kathy Elliot
    DOB: 08/02/48
    708 9th Avenue S.W.
    Ruskin, FL

    Charges:

    • Exploitation of an Elderly Person (2 counts)
    • Grand Theft (2 counts)
    • Dealing in Stolen Property (2 counts)
    • False Information on Pawnbroker form (2 counts)
    • (Additional charges pending)

    Victims:

    • 67-year-old female
    • 98-year-old female

    Suspect #2:


    Anita Puskas
    DOB- 12/27/72
    8502 Dee Circle
    Riverview, FL

    Charges:

    • Grand Theft
    • Fraudulent Use of Credit Card (12 counts)
    • Exploitation of an Elderly Person

    Victim:

    • 87-year-old female

    Details:

    On Tuesday, July 14, 2015, the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office arrested Kathy Jean Elliot and charged her with two counts of Exploitation of an Elderly Person, two counts of Grand Theft, two counts of Dealing in Stolen Property, and two counts of False Information on a Pawnbroker Form. Kathy Jean Elliot worked for Hanson Services and was an in-home health care companion for the victims. Elliot removed large amounts of jewelry from the victims' homes and pawned the items.

    During the investigation, the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office discovered another case of elderly exploitation. Anita Louise Puskas, also an in-home health care companion with Hanson Services, was arrested on July 16, 2015. Puskas was charged with Exploitation of an Elderly Person, Grand Theft, and twelve counts of Fraudulent Use of a Credit Card. Puskas withdrew large amounts of money from the victim's bank account.

    Detectives are continuing the investigation and ask that any other victims contact the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office at 813-247-8200.
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