Home Healthcare Aide Pleads Guilty to Grand Larceny Charge for Stealing $50k from Elderly Client

Modified: May 6, 2021 11:28am

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Erie County District Attorney John J. Flynn announces that 25-year-old Gregory E. Dread of Buffalo pleaded guilty this morning before Erie County Court Judge Kenneth Case to one count of Grand Larceny in the Third Degree (Class “D” felony). The defendant pleaded guilty to the highest sustainable charge.

The defendant admitted to stealing $50,000 in cash while working as a home healthcare aide for an elderly client in the Town of Akron. The crime occurred sometime between March 8, 2020 and March 12, 2020 after the victim’s friend noticed that money was missing from a safe inside the victim’s home.

Dread faces a maximum of seven years in prison when he is sentenced on Monday, November 22, 2021 at 9:30 a.m. The defendant signed a Confession of Judgement to pay full restitution to the victim. He was released on his own recognizance.

DA Flynn commends Detective Matthew Fuqua of the Erie County Sheriff’s Office for his work in the investigation.  

The case was prosecuted by Chief Candace K. Vogel of the Special Investigations and Prosecutions (SIP) Unit.