This morning, a Licensed Practical Nurse at a Salisbury retirement community pled guilty to stealing the identity of three elderly patients. At least one patient had Alzheimer’s disease and at least one patient has died since the thefts.
Twenty-seven-year-old Tara Campbell, from Crisfield, pled guilty to one count of theft scheme over $500 and two counts of theft under $500 in Wicomico Circuit Court. Judge Donald Davis sentenced Campbell to 15 years in the Division of Correction, suspend all but 5 years with 5 years supervised probation upon release. Campbell was also ordered to pay back the stolen money as a condition of her probation.
Assistant State’s Attorney Paul Montemuro says while Campbell was an LPN at Mallard Landing between October 2007 and January 2008, she stole identifying information from three elderly patients. Montemuro says Campbell used their identities to apply for credit cards in the patients’ names. Montemuro says Campbell then charged more than $8,000.00 on these credit cards.
Montemuro says the judge went beyond the sentencing guidelines because Campbell had prior theft convictions, she preyed upon the most vulnerable of victims, and she executed a well thought out scheme.
The State’s Attorney’s Office would like to thank former Detective Dana Peterson of the Salisbury Police Department and Trooper First Class Sabrina Metzger of the Wicomico Bureau of Investigation for their exhaustive investigation in this case.