Modified: July 25, 2016 4:43pm
Acting District Attorney Michael J. Flaherty, Jr. announces the arraignment before State Supreme Court Justice Penny M. Wolfgang of 26-year-old Kenisha Jones of Buffalo on an indictment charging her with one count of Criminal Possession of Stolen Property in the Fourth Degree and the arraignment of 38-year-old Lashawn Lewis of Buffalo on an indictment charging her with three counts of Criminal Possession of Stolen Property in the Fourth Degree, one count of Identity Theft in the Second Degree and one count of Forgery in the Second Degree.
It is alleged that Jones while working as a nurse’s aide at St. Joseph Hospital in Cheektowaga, stole the credit card of an 88-year-old patient who died of natural causes. Ninety minutes after the victim’s death, Jones is accused of using the card at a Sunoco on Delevan Avenue in Buffalo.
A second individual, Lashawn Lewis is accused of using the card a few hours later at FastTrack, a gas station/convenience store on Bailey Avenue in Buffalo, the Walmart on Sheridan Dr. in Amherst where two large flat screen TVs were purchased and at the 7-Eleven on Bailey Avenue in Buffalo.
Both pleaded not guilty in court. Jones was released on her own recognizance and Lewis was remanded to jail on $25,000 bail.
Acting DA Flaherty commends Cheektowaga Police Department Detective James Genson for his investigative work.
Assistant District Attorney James W. Mansour II is prosecuting the case.
As are all persons accused of a crime, the defendants are innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.