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Man accused of trying to cash check from nursing home resident

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Reported by: Ian Silver
Updated: 5/14/2013 6:16 pm Published: 5/14/2013 4:19 pm

An alert bank teller helped police catch a man suspected of preying on an elderly person.

Police arrested the man after he tried to cash a forged check.

According to the arrest report, 35-year-old James Alexandre was a caretaker for the victim at Forest Hills Nursing Home in Broken Arrow.

On Monday, Alexandre went to an F & M Bank to deposit a $5,000 check from the victim's account according to the report.

The teller got suspicious.

According to the report, the teller called the victim directly and found out they had not written any checks to Alexandre, and didn't intend to, so the teller called police.

The report says Alexandre admitted to successfully cashing another $6,000 in checks from the victim in the past week.

"Just think about your parents and maybe grandparents, and think about that someone would take advantage of some of the elderly that are, again, trusting individuals," said Cpl. Leon Calhoun with the Broken Arrow Police Department.

Calhoun says he sees it far too often, people preying on trusting senior citizens.

"Being such kind individuals typically, and for someone to take advantage of that is very, very irritating as a law enforcement officer, but also as a person," Calhoun said.

And cases like this one, he says, are the worst to hear about.

"In this situation, it was a person, this person, this elderly person believed they could trust and was taking advantage of them," said Calhoun.

He says it's up to those of us who have elderly loved ones to look out for them.

"Keep an eye on their finances. Make sure that they're not having large withdrawals from their bank accounts," suggested Calhoun.

The Forest Hills Nursing Home vice president told FOX23 they always do background checks before hiring all employees. He also said they're going to wait until further into the investigation before deciding whether to fire Alexandre.

Police arrested Alexandre on charges of forgery and financial exploitation by a caretaker.

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