GA: Former nursing home employee arrested

Don Logana reports:

A former nursing home employee is in jail tonight charged with elder abuse and stealing the identities of as many as 40 residents from nursing homes in the area.

Thunderbolt police say Tamara Smith used her job as a certified nursing assistant to gain access to patients personal information.

She is accused of using the information of 43 former and current nursing home residents, half of them from Tara Nursing Home on Falligant Avenue in Thunderbolt to buy computers, cell phones, and open credit cards. The victims range in age from 60 to as old as 100.

For every victim over the age of 65, Smith is being charged an additional count of elder abuse.

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