Former health aide gets probation for thefts in Vt., N.Y.

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BENNINGTON — A former home health aide has been sentenced to probation for stealing from elderly clients in Vermont and New York.

Katherine Disorda, 22, was sentenced July 8 to one to three years of probation for twin felony offenses committed in Bennington: grand larceny greater than $900 and possessing stolen property greater than $900.

The sentences, handed down by Judge John Valente, are to be served at the same time, according to Bennington Superior Court records. Disorda had pleaded guilty to the offenses in December under a deal with prosecutors.

According to court documents, Disorda admitted to local police that she stole $2,000 in cash from an elderly Bennington couple in July of 2018. The victims, identified as 76-year-old Joan Morse and her 87-year-old husband Richard Morse, had employed Disorda to help them with chores around their home.

Disorda had reportedly paid back half of the amount.

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In a separate case in New York, Disorda was given five years of probation for stealing jewelry from a couple of elderly residents of Pittstown, about 17 miles from Bennington.

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She was sentenced Nov. 26 after pleading guilty to fourth-degree grand larcery, according to the Rensselaer County Supreme Court. The felony offense, which involved items with a value of more than $1,000, was committed sometime between July 2017 and August 2018.

The court also extended up to November of 2027 an order telling Disorda to stay away from the victims in the case, Adeline and James Bullis, as well as to refrain from communicating with them.

Vermont court documents show Disorda had admitted to New York police that she stole from the Bullises, who were in their 80s and hired her as a home health aide.

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A search of Disorda's home in Bennington turned up a Rolex watch valued at $3,000, another watch valued at $200 and a gold ring with an unknown value, police said. The Bullises later identified the items as theirs.

Investigators also reported finding a bottle of prescription narcotics and a bottle with "a short straw and a white powder residue."

Disorda was also sentenced in Vermont to 3-6 months of probation on the misdemeanor offense of possessing a narcotic drug. She is currently under the supervision of Bennington Probation and Parole.

Contact Tiffany Tan at ttan@benningtonbanner.com, @tiffgtan on Twitter or 802-447-7567 ext. 122.


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