YORK COUNTY, Va. (WAVY) — A woman accused of stealing from a mentally ill patient she was hired to care for faced a judge this morning.
York County deputies say nurse’s aide Kentara Wright stole her patient’s identity, and used it to open a bank account and credit cards in her name.
According to court paperwork, the patient suffers from panic attacks, as well as anxiety, bipolar and dependent personality disorders. She hired Lena Mitchell, 46, of Suffolk to help her at night, and Wright to help her during the day.
The two women allegedly opened a Wells Fargo bank account under the patient’s name. Deputies say they have surveillance video from a Williamsburg Wal-Mart showing the women racking up about $2,000 on a credit card connected to the account.
Wright was arrested in April, but she posted $3,500 bond and was released. She told the judge Tuesday she planned to hire her own attorney, even after he warned her it would cost thousands of dollars.
Newport News police say she committed similar offenses against the same victim in March and April, and have also filed warrants for her arrest.
Outside of court, Wright would not answer questions about the charges.
“That’s what I got a lawyer for, to tell my side of the story when I’m in court,” she said.
Deputies have not arrested Mitchell, because they haven’t been able to find her. They have not released a description of her appearance or photos.
Wright is due back in York County court on July 13.