EVANSVILLE, Ind. (WEHT) – The woman accused of defrauding Oliver Dill’s family is now accused of scamming others.
According to the Vanderburgh County Sheriff’s Office, Caroline Rich told an elderly woman she was working with Deaconess Hospice to raise money for families in hospice care. That person sent Rich money and encouraged friends to do so, but when they saw Rich was accused of defrauding Oliver Dill’s family, she called Deaconess.
Deaconess says other families may have been targeted by Rich because she would have direct contact with families due to her employment at the funeral home.
An investigation is underway.
The full statement can be found below:
On Monday, September 16, 2019 Deaconess Health System received a phone call from the widow of a patient who passed away at the Linda E. White Hospice House. The widow of the deceased explained that her husband’s funeral had taken place at Alexander Memorial Park Funeral Home. Several weeks ago, the widow received a call from Caroline Rich who told her that she was working with Deaconess Hospice to raise money for families in hospice care. The widow sent money and encouraged friends to do so. Because the hospital and the funeral home names were used, the widow assumed it was a legitimate project.
When news broke of Caroline Rich’s scam on the Dill family, the widow realized this was the same person and contacted Deaconess. Deaconess confirmed they have never had a business or charitable relationship with Caroline Rich.
Deaconess was rightfully concerned that other families may have been targeted by Ms. Rich pretending to be working with Deaconess Hospice, other hospice programs, or other nonprofits in the area. Because Ms. Rich came into contact with many grieving families through her employment at the funeral home, she would have had direct access to contact information to scam surviving family and friends.
Deaconess, in consultation with the Sheriff’s Office, issued a statement today warning the public of the scam.
The Sheriff’s Office has an active investigation involving Ms. Rich underway at this time. Normally our Office does not release the name of a suspect while an investigation is active. The circumstances of this case however required that steps be taken to notify the public to prevent further potential fraud on the part of Ms. Rich.
Major Noah Robinson
EVANSVILLE, Ind. (WEHT) – Deaconess health system is warning of a possible scam.
Officials say Monday, at least three different parties say they were asked to donate money to benefit hospice patients at Deaconess.
Deaconess says it’s not collecting money for gift baskets or collaborating with anyone who says they are.
Anyone who believes they have been a victim should call the Vanderburgh County Sheriff’s Office at 812-421-6349.
(This story was originally published on Sept. 16, 2019)