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Crime & Courts

Home health care nurse charged with identity theft of elderly couple

LAKE IN THE HILLS – A home health care nurse was charged with fraudulently opening electronic accounts in the names of an elderly McHenry County couple she cared for and threatening them.

Sarah R. Hulbert, 31, of Lake in the Hills, was charged with three counts of aggravated identity theft, a Class 1 felony; two counts of harassment of witnesses, a Class 2 felony; three counts of forgery, a Class 3 felony; two counts of intimidation, a Class 3 felony; and computer fraud, a Class 4 felony, according to a news release.

She was arrested Tuesday and taken to McHenry County Jail. Her bond is set at $75,000.

The McHenry County Sheriff’s Office began investigating in August 2013 when the couple reported the opening of unauthorized accounts, which had resulted in the transfer of money and other fraudulent payments, the release said.

During the course of the investigation, the couple reported they received a phone call during which the caller threatened to kill them if they did not drop the investigation, it said.

Hulbert was employed as a private home health care nurse and frequently cared for the couple, the release said.

Her next court date is set for 9 a.m. Friday.

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