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Media Release

Release Date: December 14th, 2018 - 1:30pm

Originator: D/Sergeant Ron Hansen, Burlington Criminal Investigations Bureau, 905-825-4747 Ext. 2315

Contact: D/Constable Derek Gray, Burlington Criminal Investigations Bureau, 905-825-4747 Ext. 2344

Location: Burlington

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Additional Charges Laid Against Personal Support Worker



One of two Personal Support Workers  arrested in October 2018 for fraud related offences against an elderly person now faces additional charges after two additional victims came forward.

These newly reported incidents occurred between June 2018 and July 2018.

It is alleged the accused used one victim's credit card for four purchases and had stolen items from their residence.

The second victim had cash and a ring stolen from their residence while the accused was employed there.

Sarah Taylor Mackenzie (26 yrs) of Burlington was arrested and held for bail charged with the following additional offences:

  • Fraud Under $5000 
  • Theft Under $5000 (two counts) 
  • Unauthorized use of credit card data.

Prevention Tip: Halton Residents who have Personal Support Workers into their homes should be aware of their Personal Support Worker's identity, and have a detailed schedule from the agency providing care and, all valuables and financial items should be properly secured.

Halton Police contact: Detective Constable Derek Gray of the Burlington Criminal Investigations Bureau - Seniors Liaison Team at 905-825-4747 ext. 2344.

Tips can also be submitted to Crime Stoppers "See Something? Hear Something? Know Something? Contact Crime Stoppers" at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS) or through the web at www.haltoncrimestoppers.ca.

Please be reminded that all persons charged are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

Original Release:

The Halton Regional Police Three District Criminal Investigation Bureau have arrested and charged two Personal Support workers for committing various financial offences against an elderly 82 year old victim from Burlington.

Between April 4th and July 25th 2018, the two arrested persons used stolen cheques and credit cards belonging to the victim to amount of $6048.53.

Both persons arrested worked as Personal Support workers for the victim at separate times.  There is no further risk to the public.

Melissa Watson (28 yrs) of Acton was released on a promise to appear in Milton Court on November 14th 2018 charged with the following offences:

  • Fraud Under $5000, 
  • Uttering a forged document
  • Possession of Property Obtained by crime

Sarah Taylor Mackenzie (25 yrs) of Burlington was released on a promise to appear in Milton Court on November 14th 2018 charged with the following offences:

  • Fraud Over $5000
  • Uttering a forged document
  • Possession of property obtained by crime
  • Unauthorized use of stolen credit card (two counts)

Prevention Tips:

Halton Residents who have Personal Support Workers into their homes should be aware of their Personal Support Worker's identity, and have a detailed schedule from the agency providing care. Most Agencies and Personal Support Workers providing support in the home, unless specifically contracted to do so, are mandated to not complete any financial transactions, purchase items, or use the financial cards or cheques belonging to the patient or client receiving care. Payments for services go directly to the company, who in turn pays the employee. If you have Personal Support Workers into your home, all valuables and financial items should be properly secured.

Persons who are Power of Attorney for their family members should complete regular audits of the family member's finances and be aware of large, uncommon withdrawals from their accounts.

Halton Police contact: Detective Constable Derek Gray of the Burlington Criminal Investigations Bureau - Seniors Liaison Team at 905-825-4747 ext. 2344.

Tips can also be submitted to Crime Stoppers "See Something? Hear Something? Know Something? Contact Crime Stoppers" at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS) or through the web at www.haltoncrimestoppers.ca.