In-home aide accused of stealing thousands from senior client

By: Mary Beth Almond | Birmingham-Bloomfield Eagle | Published March 22, 2023

 Bryanna Brielle Burton

Bryanna Brielle Burton

BLOOMFIELD TOWNSHIP — An in-home aide has been charged after being accused of stealing thousands of dollars from an elderly woman she was hired to help.

Bryanna Brielle Burton, 23, was arraigned March 9 in 48th District Court and charged with eight crimes in Bloomfield Township: two counts of using a computer to commit a crime, five counts of identity theft and once count of larceny.

The charges stem from a lengthy investigation by Bloomfield Township police after officers were dispatched to a larceny and fraud report on Brightmore Street.

The resident, a 91-year-old woman, reported that several checks were missing from her home. Upon further review of her account, the resident found several separate checks, totaling over $26,000, had been fraudulently made out to and cashed by an in-home aide hired to help her.

At press time, Burton had posted her $2,500 bond. A preliminary exam was scheduled for March 23, after press time.

Burton’s attorney, Paul J. Tafelski, could not be reached for comment at press time.