An employee of an area assisted living center for seniors was arrested last week after East Pikeland Police say she stole cash and credit cards from two residents.
Jameelah Severson, 31, of Spring City, was charged with four felony counts of access device is altered, counterfeit, or incomplete, two counts of theft by unlawful taking, four counts of theft by deception, and additional felony charges of forgery and conspiracy after the alleged spending spree.
According to court documents, Severson, an employee at Spring Mill Senior Living, stole $400 in cash from one resident and then, according to the testimony of the victim’s daughter, used the woman’s credit card to make an additional $1,000 in fraudulent purchases. The woman moved into the home on September 26 and the money and the card, she said, went missing immediately.
Police were able to identify fraudulent purchases of $84.42 at Kmart in Phoenixville, $142.22 at Target in Royersford, and $329.09 at Wal-Mart in Pottstown. The purchases were made between October 1 and October 3.
On October 9, police received report that a second resident, 74, had a card stolen as well. Her son told police the card was used for $200 at the Pottstown Target.
Last week, police made contact with the manager of the Pottstown Wall-Mart and were granted access to surveillance footage of the $329.09 purchase. The video clearly showed Severson complete the transaction, accompanied by her Spring Mill co-worker Aquanda Hinton and a small child.
Sevenson was arrested and agreed to do a video interview with police. During the interview she admitted to stealing both credit cards and to using them to make the fraudulent purchases, with the exception of a purchase at PETCO. She also denied taking the cash from the first victim’s purse.
Sevenson faces preliminary hearing on October 18.
According to court records, charges have not been filed against Hinton.