39-year-old assisted living aide in Wayne pleads not guilty in district court
WAYNE, Neb. – A northeast Nebraska woman accused of using an assisted living resident’s credit card to make personal purchases pleaded not guilty in Wayne County District Court on Wednesday.
39-year-old Teri Fettig is accused of felony abuse of a vulnerable adult. She was arraigned in district court on Wednesday.
Fettig is currently free on bond, having paid 10 percent of $10,000.
In February, a family member who had power of attorney for a 69-year-old resident at Kinship Pointe in Wayne reported to the Wayne Police Department that she believed that Fettig, who was working as a medication aide, was using the resident's credit card for fraudulent purchases. According to Wayne PD, the resident has late-stage Parkinson's disease and dementia.
According to an arrest affidavit, Wayne PD reviewed video of Fettig making purchases at a Wayne Casey's reportedly using the resident's card on five separate occasions in February. The total amount of those purchases was $189.62, according to Wayne PD.
Fettig was also accused of making between $750 and $1,000 worth of purchases at a Wayne Dollar General over the course of eight transactions January and February. According to Wayne County court records, arresting officers reviewed still shot footage of who they believed to be Fettig making at least one of the purchases.
The arresting officer also reportedly received a receipt, later confirmed with a still shot image of surveillance footage, of Fettig making an alcohol purchase with the resident's card at the 4th Jug in Wayne.
A caregiver from Home Instead reportedly told the arresting officer that medication aides often accompany assisted living residents to make small purchases, but that it would be uncommon for a Kinship Pointe staff member to take the resident's card unaccompanied.
In a voluntary interview, Fettig said she made purchases for the resident with the resident's permission and brought them back to her.
Fettig was arrested in Cedar County in March. She is due in court next month for a pre-trial conference, while her jury trial is slated to begin in July.