BENNINGTON>> A former home health aid accused of stealing prescription painkillers and money from an elderly client has pleaded not guilty.
Krystyn S. Denue, 25, of Bennington, pleaded not guilty Monday in Vermont Superior Court to misdemeanor counts of obtaining a regulated drug by fraud and larceny $900 or less.
According to an affidavit by State Trooper Lauren Ronan, an elderly Pownal resident first reported a theft on Sept. 12, 2014.
The 84-year-old woman told police that about $8,000 to $9,000 in cash, which was hidden in her home, had been stolen from her.
The woman said she last saw the money about six months before Denue began coming to her home as a home health aid with the Visiting Nurse Association. The woman said Denue had been stealing her Oxycodone pills and replacing it with another medication.
In an interview with police on Sept. 8 of this year, Denue denied ever taking cash from the residence. She stated that she worked as a home health aid from early April 2014 to July 2014. She said she was addicted to pain medication at the time and admitted she stole prescription medication from the woman's home and replaced them with baby aspirin on several occasions.
The elderly woman said her doctor advised she not take aspirin because she was taking blood thinners.
According to the affidavit, records from Southwestern Vermont Medical Center show a complaint about Denue was made to her supervisor on July 27, 2014, and that Denue was fired on Aug. 2, 2014.
Denue was confronted about the theft of cash while being processed at the Vermont State Police, Shaftsbury Barracks Nov. 16. Denue admitted to taking change off of the woman's counter and a container full of quarters, and estimated the value to be under $20.
The woman said the container was nearly full of only quarters that she had been collecting for several years. She told police that the value of the stolen change was $500.
Denue is represented by the Bennington County Public Defender's Office and is due in court on Jan. 25, 2016 for a calendar call.
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