Home Health Aide sentenced to 57 months for stealing from elderly woman

Justice.gov website photo from section on elderly justice, Sept. 11, 2020. Photo: Justice.gov

Jhanannie Singh, also known as “Jasmine” and “Sharmala Persaud,” 52, a citizen of Guyana last residing in Queens, New York, was sentenced Nov. 28, 2022, by U.S. District Singh was convicted for stealing hundreds of thousands of dollars in U.S. Savings Bonds from an elderly woman who had purchased the bonds for her grandchildren and other family members. Vanessa Roberts Avery, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, announced the sentencing November 28.

After the victim died, Singh contacted Glen Campbell, also known as “Nick,” who enlisted the help of another individual to redeem the stolen bonds at a financial institution and provide Singh and Campbell with a portion of the proceeds.  Between October 2020 and January 2021, as part of an undercover investigation, law enforcement coordinated the purchase of more than 100 savings bonds, with face values ranging from $50 to $1,000, from Singh and Campbell.  Campbell traveled to Connecticut to complete the transactions.

Singh and Campbell were arrested on January 29, 2021.  At the time of Singh’s and Campbell’s arrests, the value of the bonds they had delivered during the undercover investigation was $287,312.39.

In June and July 2021, Singh attempted to obstruct the investigation and prosecution of this matter by offering to pay a witness if he agreed to lie and provide false testimony.  Singh has been detained since August 4, 2021.  On August 19, 2022, she pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy.

Campbell pleaded guilty to the same charge on June 15, 2022, and awaits sentencing.

Singh faces immigration proceedings when she completes her prison term.

The Justice Department has established a National Elder Fraud Hotline to provide services to seniors who may be victims of financial fraud.  The Hotline is staffed by experienced case managers who can provide personalized support to callers, the press release said.

The Hotline’s toll-free number is 833-FRAUD-11 (833-372-8311).



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