Wednesday, December 19, 2007

Veterans caregiver confesses to stealing from dying vets

Complaint: Caregiver stole from dying and disabled veterans
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Associated Press - December 19, 2007 12:35 PM ET
MADISON, Wis. (AP) - A former caregiver at Wisconsin's nursing home for veterans says he stole money from a dozen dying and disabled veterans.
James Hucke's confession is contained in a criminal complaint filed against him last week in Waupaca County Circuit Court.
Hucke was a caregiver for more than a decade at the Wisconsin Veterans Home in central Wisconsin. He resigned in May after he was confronted about a string of thefts at the home.
Hucke says he started stealing from the residents he was supposed to care for to pay for a gambling addiction last year. He says he stole between $5 and $170 each from a dozen residents and a credit card from another.
Hucke is charged with 14 counts of misdemeanor theft and three counts of fraudulent use of a credit card.
Prosecutors put out a warrant for his arrest along with the complaint last week because his whereabouts are unknown.

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