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Healthcare Employees Charged With Stealing Money from Patients

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SYRACUSE, N.Y. -- Two New York State healthcare employees are accused of stealing thousands of dollars from patients assigned to their care.

The suspects were employees for the State Office of Mental Health. Alphonso Bradshaw, 62, worked as a Therapy Aide at Hutchings Psychiatric Center in Syracuse. Investigators said he stole SNAP benefit cards and sold them to family and friends for half their value.

Officials said those cards were later used to purchase more than $17,000 worth of goods and merchandise.

Bradshaw was charged with felony criminal possession of stolen property, official misconduct and conspiracy, among other charges.

Ethalyn Crowder, 51, was also charged for stealing a benefit card and using it to make purchases. She is another aide at Hutchings.

Crowder was also charged with criminal possession of stolen property and official misconduct. Nine other people were charged in the case. They face counts for allegedly using the stolen cards.

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