Burlington Support Worker Arrested for Third Time, Facing New Charges


Police have again re-arrested a personal support worker (PSW) in Burlington following an extended investigation.

The first arrest occurred in October of 2018, when officers arrested two Halton PSWs following alleged financial offences against an 82-year-old Burlington victim.

Between April 4, 2018 and July 25, 2018, police say the accused used cheques and credit cards belonging to the victim to an amount of $6,048.53.

26 year old Burlington woman Sarah Taylor Mackenzie was charged with fraud over $5000, possession of property obtained by crime, and two counts of unauthorized use of a stolen credit card.

28 year old Acton woman Melissa Watson was arrested with similar charges.

Both were released on a promise to appear in Milton Court on November 14.

In December 2018, Mackenzie was re-arrested after two more victims came forward. She was charged with fraud under $5000, two counts of theft under $5000, and unauthorized use of credit card data.

Following the second arrest, police say three more victims have come forward.

On February 19, 2019, investigators executed a search warrant at a Hamilton residence 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, police say.

On Wednesday, February 20, Mackenzie was arrested for a third time. She is charged with fraud under $5,000, two counts of theft under $5,000, unauthorized use of credit card data, and two counts possession of property obtained by crime.

To prevent similar crimes in the future, police advise residents who use the services of a PSW in their homes to be aware of their PSW’s identity, have a detailed schedule from the agency providing care, and should ensure all valuables and financial items are properly secured.

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