Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Local nurse heads back to jail

By Will Bublitz

A Limon nurse is back in trouble with the law after being arrested for allegedly stealing from a patient in her care.

Dallas Rosler, a Licensed Practical Nurse, was arrested May 7 by the Limon Police Department. The 37-year-old Limon resident has been charged with one count of Theft from an At-Risk Adult, a Class 3 felony; one count of Identity Theft, a Class 4 felony; one count of Theft, a Class 4 felony; and one count of Unauthorized Use of a Financial Transaction Device, a Class 5 felony.

In a press release, Limon Police Chief Lynn Yowell said Rosler’s arrest was the result of an investigation conducted by his department.

“On May 7, 2013, the Limon Police Department was contacted about a possible identity theft and theft from an at-risk adult,” Yowell said. “During the investigation, Sgt. Russell Lengel learned that the victim’s credit card had been compromised and was being used to pay utility bills that the victim didn’t have. Sgt. Lengel found out that the victim had a caregiver that was coming to her residence three days a week, and they suspected the caregiver was the one who was using the victim’s credit card to pay her personal bills.”

Yowell said Rosler, who was the victim’s caregiver, was interviewed by Lengel that same day. As a result of the interview, Rosler was arrested and transported to the Lincoln County Jail where she was held pending the filing of felony charges.

Rosler was on probation at the time of her May 7 arrest. As a result, her bond for the probation violation was set at $3,000. In addition, the court ordered that Rosler’s bond on the new charges be set at $75,000 cash or surety.

As of last Friday, May 24, she was still incarcerated at the county jail in Hugo.

Rosler violated probation on her July 2012 guilty plea to charges of one count of Theft Against an At-Risk Adult (Class 5 felony) and one count of Theft (Class 2 misdemeanor). Under the terms of a plea agreement, she had received a two-year deferred judgment and two years of mandatory probation to run concurrently.

Those 2012 charges resulted from a Lincoln County Sheriff’s investigation of Rosler who had been working as a nurse for the Home Health & Hospice Service of Lincoln Community Hospital in Hugo.

The Sheriff’s Office was asked to investigate Rosler by the hospital’s administrators after the family of an elderly Karval woman had complained that $200 cash and some bracelets had disappeared from her house after visits by Rosler.

Looking into those allegations, Sheriff’s investigators decided to install a hidden video camera in the elderly woman’s house. The camera was positioned to cover a dresser where cash was kept.

According to the Sheriff’s written investigation report, Rosler was seen on the videotapes to be opening the dresser’s drawers on two occasions. On the last occasion, the report stated that $100 in cash was discovered to be missing from the dresser after Rosler’s visit.

As a result of her 2012 arrest, Rosler was fired by  Lincoln Community Hospital. In this latest incident, the Limon Police reported that she had been working as an independent caregiver when the alleged offenses occurred.

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