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Tuesday, 3 November 2020

Florida home health aide accused of stealing credit card from dying cancer patient and giving it to her son, 12, and two other boys for a $754 shopping spree at Walmart

 A Florida home health aide is accused of letting her 12-year-old son spend more than $750 at a Walmart with a credit card she'd stolen from a dying cancer patient, telling the boy the card's owner 'would not be around much longer and won't miss it.'

Kimberley Diggins, 37, of Port Charlotte allegedly took the card from the sedated victim's purse during an overnight shift at her Punta Gorda home September 2, according to a report from a Charlotte County sheriff's deputy. 

Diggins was filling in at the woman's home for a co-worker who had a family emergency.  

The victim's husband slept in bed with his wife while Diggins, working for BrightStar Care, kept an eye on the woman from a seat that was near the victim's purse, according to ABC affiliate WVZN.

Kimberley Diggins, 37, was filling in for a co-worker as a home-health aide at the Punta Gorda, Fla., home of a dying cancer victim September 2 when she allegedly stole the woman's credit card from her purse

Kimberley Diggins, 37, was filling in for a co-worker as a home-health aide at the Punta Gorda, Fla., home of a dying cancer victim September 2 when she allegedly stole the woman's credit card from her purse

Later that day Diggins, right, allegedly drove her son, 12, and two other boys to a Port Charlotte Walmart and gave them the card, telling him to buy a shop-vac and other items, according to a police report

Later that day Diggins, right, allegedly drove her son, 12, and two other boys to a Port Charlotte Walmart and gave them the card, telling him to buy a shop-vac and other items, according to a police report

The woman suffered from stage-4 pancreatic cancer and was medicated to the point of being comatose, her husband told police. She was in the final hours of her life, reported WVZN.

He noticed three purchases from a nearby Walmart on the bank account connected to the Visa card and told police the next day. 

After her shift ended on September 2, Diggins allegedly drove her son and two 12-year-old friends to a Port Charlotte Walmart.   

The boy's father told police that Diggins gave her son the card, telling him 'the people it belonged to would not be around much longer and won't miss it,' the police report states.

Diggins' son and the two other boys made purchases worth $754.79. The husband of the victim noticed the purchase and told police the next day

Diggins' son and the two other boys made purchases worth $754.79. The husband of the victim noticed the purchase and told police the next day

One of the friends told police they bought a pack of gum to make sure the card worked, according to the report. 

The son was told to buy a shop-vac and other items, according to the police report. 


The boys returned to Diggins' vehicle after making purchases totaling $754.79, according to the police report. In Florida, the felony threshold for the type of theft that's alleged is $750. 

The three boys were arrested after police viewed surveillance footage of them making the allegedly fraudulent purchases.  

Diggins was arrested October 26 and was charged with felony theft, contributing to the delinquency of a minor, and exploitation of an elderly or disabled adult

Diggins was arrested October 26 and was charged with felony theft, contributing to the delinquency of a minor, and exploitation of an elderly or disabled adult

Diggins, shown here in a Charlotte County booking photo associated with a 2007 arrest, is free on $12,000 bond

Diggins, shown here in a Charlotte County booking photo associated with a 2007 arrest, is free on $12,000 bond

Diggins was arrested October 26 and charged with felony theft, exploitation of an elderly or disabled adult, contributing to the delinquency of a child, and using another person's ID without their consent. 

The next day she saw a Charlotte County judge and posted bond totaling $12,000. Her arraignment is scheduled for November 30. 

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