Home Caregiver Sentenced for Stealing from Elderly Client in Town of Amherst

Modified: June 17, 2022 2:18pm

6/17/2022

Erie County District Attorney John J. Flynn announces that 31-year-old Brigid M. Buseman, also known as Brigid McKirchy, of Clarence was sentenced this morning before Erie County Court Judge Susan Eagan to five years of probation. As part of her sentence, the defendant was ordered to participate in a drug treatment program.

The defendant, while working as a home health aide, falsified personal checks that she obtained for payment from a 94-year-old client in the Town of Amherst between February 7, 2019 and September 24, 2019. A comparison between timecard records and cashed checks revealed that the defendant fraudulently obtained $35,300.00 in excess pay from the victim.

Buseman pleaded guilty to one count of Grand Larceny in the Third Degree (Class “D” felony) on the afternoon of March 22, 2022. The defendant pleaded guilty to the only charge in the indictment against her after two witnesses testified in a jury trial that started earlier that day.

As part of her plea, the defendant signed a Confession of Judgment to pay $33,910.00 to the victim. To date, the defendant has not paid any restitution.

DA Flynn commends the Amherst Police Department for their work in the investigation.

The case was prosecuted by Assistant District Attorney Brian P. Dassero of the Special Investigations and Prosecutions Unit and Assistant District Attorney Denise A. Herman of the Felony Trials Bureau.

Anyone who believes that they have been the victim of a similar crime is encourage to call the Erie County District Attorney’s Office at 716-858-2424.