UPPER EAST SIDE, Manhattan — A former home health aide was sentenced to prison for stealing more than $260,000 from a 99-year-old woman, prosecutors said.
Stephany Hernandez, 25, pleaded guilty to grand larceny on July 28. She’s been sentenced to spend 1.5-4.5 years in prison and repay the money to her former employer.
“Stephany Hernandez stole a quarter of a million dollars from her elderly employer to fund luxury shopping sprees and tropical vacations,” said District Attorney Cyrus Vance. “Too often, financial exploitation of seniors goes unreported, leaving perpetrators free to move on to their next mark.”
Hernandez worked for the woman and her now deceased husband in their East 68th Street home from 2014-2015, the DA said. She stole the money by depositing and cashing 102 forged checks.
She spent more than $18,000 of the stolen money on clothing and accessories from Bloomingdale’s, Barneys and other stores, prosecutors said. Hernandez also used the stolen money to take trips to Miami and the Dominican Republic.
The victim’s son and daughter-in-law discovered the theft while reviewing the victim’s finances after her husband passed away in January 2015.