Caregiver accused of stealing from Phoenix man

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By Jim Carr By Jim Carr

PHOENIX -- Between suffering a stroke and the death of his 90-year-old mother, the past couple years have been stressful for Douglas Fennell.

“It was the only company I had you know,” Doug said about his mother. “It was her and I, and then all of a sudden, it was just me and my two little dogs.”

Both Doug and his mom relied on the help of a caregiver. In fact, Doug still does to help out around the house.

Within the past few weeks, Doug had to hire a new caregiver because his previous caregiver reportedly helped herself to two of his credit cards.

“I couldn't believe it. I felt totally violated,” he said. “I obviously trusted this person unequivocally.”
Doug filed a police report regarding the unauthorized charges.

But there's more, he also says the caregiver stole Christmas gifts that his family was storing at his home.

“When December 23rd came around and we started to get ready for Christmas, everything was gone. Everything was gone out of there,” he said.

In all, Doug says he's missing about $600 worth of stuff.

3 On Your Side contacted the caregiver's employer, a company called Right At Home, in Glendale.

The company told us the caregiver no longer works for them, and that the caregiver's background check was clean. But they felt so badly about Doug's situation, rather than turning it over to their insurance company they cut him a check for $650, the amount Doug says he was out.

Doug now uses another caregiver, and says having this resolved means he can focus on more important things.

“It wouldn’t have got resolved had it hadn't have been for you guys getting involved,” he said.

Phoenix Police tells us they are investigating. However, no charges have been filed.