Pelham in-home caregiver accused of forging elderly clients' checks

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Police say the caregiver changed the name on four checks and the amount on two. (Courtesy image)

CONCORD - A woman working as an in-home caregiver for several elderly residents in Pelham was arrested on Thursday and charged with four Class B felony counts of forging checks.

The complaint alleges that in November Christina Lariviere (aka Christina Soleil), 35, Lariviere knowingly altered the writings on four personal checks belonging to three residents of elderly housing apartments in Pelham, changing the payee name to hers, and in two of the instances, also the amount.

During this time, Lariviere was employed as an in-home caregiver, providing services to another resident of the elderly housing apartments. Lariviere, who is no longer working as an in-home caregiver, was arraigned on Thursday in Hillsborough County Superior Court-Southern District, and held on $5,000 cash surety bail at the Hillsborough County House of Corrections.

The charges and allegations are merely accusations, and Ms. Lariviere is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.

This matter was investigated by the Pelham Police Department, and is being prosecuted by Assistant Attorney General Bryan J. Townsend, II, of the Elder Abuse and Financial Exploitation Unit of the Attorney General's office.

If anyone knows of a victim of elder abuse or financial exploitation, they are asked to contact their your local police department or the Department of Health and Human Services, Bureau of Elderly and Adult Services (1-800-949-0470).

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