Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance, Jr., today announced the sentencing of NAKISHA SIMON, 23, to 1-to-3 years in state prison for stealing more than $100,000 from an elderly woman suffering from dementia who employed her as a home aide, and jewelry valued at more than $8,000 from a family that employed her as a nanny. On November 24, 2014, SIMON pleaded guilty in New York State Supreme Court to one count each of Grand Larceny in the Second and Third Degree, the top counts in both indictments against her, in addition to one count of Criminal Tax Fraud in the Third Degree for failing to file her 2011 New York State Resident Income Tax Return.
“This former home aide stole from the very woman she was supposed to care for,” said District Attorney Vance. “Not only that, but she also stole a family heirloom from another home where she worked as a nanny. Research indicates that people with dementia are at a much greater risk of elder abuse than those without. In fact, in a 2010 survey of caregivers of patients with dementia, abuse or neglect was detected in nearly half of all cases. We must protect the most vulnerable among us. I urge anyone who believes they may be or know a victim of elder abuse to call my Office’s Elder Abuse Hotline at 212-335-9007.”
According to the defendant’s guilty plea and documents filed on the record in court, between February 2011 and February 2012, SIMON stole more than $100,000 from an 84-year-old woman suffering from dementia by writing herself numerous checks from the victim’s accounts. SIMON also pleaded guilty under a second indictment to stealing a diamond ring worth more than $8,000 from a family that employed her as their child’s nanny between February and August 2013. SIMON additionally pleaded guilty to failing to file her 2011 New York State Resident Income Tax Return.
Assistant District Attorney Om Gillett prosecuted the elder abuse case under the supervision of Assistant District Attorneys Judy Salwen, Principal Deputy Chief of the Rackets Bureau, and Catherine Christian, Chief of the Elder Abuse Unit, as well as Executive Assistant District Attorney Audrey Moore, Chief of the Special Victims Bureau. Assistant District Attorney Amanda Goun prosecuted the second case under the supervision of Assistant District Attorney Armand Durastanti, Chief of Trial Bureau 40, and Executive Assistant District Attorney John Irwin, Chief of the Trial Division. Financial Investigator Susan Ryan assisted with the case.
District Attorney Vance thanked the New York State Department of Taxation and Finance for its assistance with the investigation.
NAKISHA SIMON, D.O.B. 10/20/1991