Santa Rosa, CA – May 27, 2016 – District Attorney Jill Ravitch has announced that defendant Andrew Raymond Ross, forty- seven-years-old of Healdsburg, pleaded no contest today before the Honorable Patrick Broderick to felony theft of an elder by a caregiver. Under the terms of the negotiated sentence the defendant will be sentenced to six months in county jail and will spend three years on formal probation. In addition to jail time, the defendant will be required to make full restitution. His sentence includes a probation condition that he cannot work as a caregiver in any capacity. Sentencing is set for July 28, 2016.
District Attorney Ravitch stated, “The District Attorney’s Office is absolutely dedicated to protecting our seniors from predators. This defendant violated his position of trust as a licensed caregiver by stealing this elderly victim’s money and using it for his own purposes. We would like to emphasize the importance of reporting suspicious activity in situations where an elderly person may be at risk. Whether the circumstances involve evidence of emotional abuse, physical assault, neglect, undue influence, or fraud, please make the effort to reach out to law enforcement. We are especially thankful in this case to the bank employees who reported the defendant’s suspicious activity.”
The defendant owned a caregiving management service that was coordinating care for the victim, an eighty-six year old woman who had been diagnosed with dementia. The defendant was also a licensed clinical social worker who became a trustee on the victim’s checking account. Within a few months, the defendant began writing himself checks and making online transfers into his personal checking account totaling $25,000. Out of concern for the victim, the bank looked into the transfers and reported its findings to law enforcement.
The case was prosecuted by Deputy District Attorney Sharmalee Rajakumaran, assisted by District Attorney Investigator Matt Stapleton. Detective Gavin Holzapfel of the Santa Rosa Police Department headed the investigation.