Tallahassee nurse accused of stealing patient's financial information

Published: Apr. 10, 2017 at 2:21 PM EDT
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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) -- A Tallahassee nurse is accused of stealing a patient's financial information and using it to pay her own bills.

According to the Leon County Sheriff's Office, 31-year-old Myeshia Leonard is accused of ten counts of using another person's ID, and one count each of swindling, exploiting an elderly or disabled adult, grand theft, bank fraud, and criminal use of personal identification information.

Leonard was providing in-home care for a 76-year-old woman through Hopewell In-Home Senior Care in Tallahassee, according to the Florida Department of Health.

Documents show that unauthorized charges were made using the patient's financial information, including more than $2,100 in payments to Leonard's CenturyLink, GEICO, Verizon, and Talquin Electric accounts.

Officials say Leonard admitted to law enforcement that she used the patient's financial information to make the transactions.

Leonard was arrested in January.

According to documents, Leonard's L.P.N. license was restricted in late March and she's been prohibited from practicing nursing in situations w here she could have access to patient's financial information.

The DOH is also seeking formal discipline of Leonard's license.