Suffolk County Police have charged a home health aide with stealing the identity of a mentally disabled patient she was caring for
Noreen Hanney, of Bay Shore, was a house manager at the Adults and Children with Learning and Developmental Disabilities Inc. (ACLD), in Oakdale. The woman, who now works in Plainview, used her Oakdale job to steal a patient’s identity, Suffolk Police said.
Since October of 2012, Hanney has been employed by the Association for Children with Down Syndrome (ACDS), located at 4 Fern Place, Plainview.
Between June and September of 2012, Hanney used the debit card numbers belonging to one of the resident’s in Oakdale and made several monthly payments to Toyota Financial for her 2008 Toyota Highlander. She also withdrew cash multiple times at ATM’s, and purchased airline tickets for a personal flight to Florida, police said.
As a health aide, Hanney had access to the personal identities and banking information of the people living in the residence. Hanney worked at ACLD for 21-years before moving to the job in Plainview, police said.
Hanney, 38, of 1653 N. Thompson Drive, Bay Shore, is charged with Identity Theft, for the theft of more than $3,000. She is scheduled to be arraigned at First District Court in Central Islip on Friday.
The investigation is continuing; the charges do not relate to Hanney's work at the ACDS facility houses in Plainview's former Fern Place School. Additional victims are asked to contact the Suffolk County Identity Theft Unit at (631) 852- 6821.