BETHLEHEM – An Albany County woman stole more than $53,000 from a 96-year-old man in her care, Bethlehem Police said Wednesday.
Denise J. Houghtaling, 50, of South Bethlehem, was arrested Tuesday and charged with one count of second-degree grand larceny as a hate crime due to the victim’s age, along with one count each of first-degree identity theft and first-degree falsifying business records, all felonies.
The investigation began last month when the victim’s family contacted police with concerns that arose as they reviewed the man’s estate. The Selkirk man passed away in February 2019, police said.
An investigation revealed that more than $53,000 had been taken from the man’s accounts by Houghtaling. She had been a caretaker for the man before his death, police said.
Houghtaling was arraigned and released to return to court later.
Police asked that anyone else who may have used Houghtaling’s services and who may have their own concerns to contact Bethlehem Police at 518-439-9973.