[Editor's note: The following was submitted by the Belmont Police Department.]
Belmont police say a Foster City woman who had been hired as a caretaker for an elderly Belmont couple has been arrested for financial elder abuse.
Kathleen Susan Fortune, age 44, was arrested on Sunday by Belmont Police as a result of an investigation that began two days earlier, when the couple, in their 90’s, reported their car was missing.
Fortune, who has several aliases, was booked into the San Mateo County Jail in Redwood City for identity theft, theft from an elder by a caretaker, possession of stolen credit/debit cards and possession of narcotics.
The elderly couple’s car, a white 2002 Buick Regal 4-Door, license# 4YEG426 (CA) is still missing.
Fortune had used sister’s name; Kimberlie Marie McKean, when she was hired by the Belmont couple. She has also used the names of Kathleen McKean, Kathleen Kean, Kathleen Sanders and Kathleen Flieger.
Belmont Police believe that Fortune may have secured employment with other elderly people under one of her aliases or another, as yet, unknown name.
“We are releasing her photo in the hope that if there are other victims, they might come forward,” said Belmont Police Chief Dan DeSmidt.
“Often, elderly victims of this type of fraud are reluctant to come forward or may not have realized that they have been victimized.” Chief DeSmidt added.
Anyone with information on Fortune is asked to call Belmont Police at 650-595-7400 or the Belmont Crime Tip Line at 650-598-3000.
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