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Media Release

Release Date: February 25th, 2019 - 3:17pm

Originator: D/Constable, Derek Gray, 3 District Criminal Investigations Bureau, 905-825-4747 ext. 2344

Contact: D/Constable, Derek Gray, 3 District Criminal Investigations Bureau, 905-825-4747 ext. 2344

Location: Burlington


Personal Support Worker Facing Additional Charges

A Personal Support Worker who was previously arrested by the Halton Regional Police Service and charged with criminal offences has been re-arrested by the 3 District Burlington Criminal Investigations Bureau.

Personal Support Worker Sarah Taylor MACKENZIE was arrested on February 20, 2019 and charged with:

  • Fraud Under $5,000
  • Theft Under $5,000 (two counts)
  • Unauthorized use of credit card data
  • Possession of Property Obtained by Crime (two counts)​

Subsequent to MACKENZIE being arrested by the Halton Regional Police Service in October 2018 and December 2018, three more victims came forward to police with similar complaints. On February 19, 2019, investigators executed a search warrant at a residence in the City of Hamilton and were able to recover some of the property of a victim and property that was obtained as a result of these criminal offences. These incidents are alleged to have occurred between April 2018 and September 2018. It is alleged the accused used one victim’s credit card for multiple purchases and had stolen items from the other two victims’ residences.

Prevention Tip: Halton residents who use the services of a Personal Support Workers in their homes should be aware of their Personal Support Worker’s identity, have a detailed schedule from the agency providing care, and should ensure all valuables and financial items are properly secured.

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.

***MEDIA RELEASE #2*** 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*** Police Arrest and Charge Two Personal Support Workers

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 $6,048.53.

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.

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