A sleazy sibling who used her twin sister’s identity to score a job caring for an elderly Belmont couple ended up robbing the seniors, according to prosecutors.
Kathleen Susan Fortune, 44, of Foster City, was on probation for a grand theft conviction last year but apparently couldn’t stay out of trouble, especially after allegedly conning a San Mateo-based caregiving agency into offering her a job.
Fortune was assigned to a Belmont couple, ages 98 and 95, and on April 12 the couple reported to police that Fortune allegedly stole their 2002 Buick Regal, credit card, $1,000 worth of clothing, valuable collector’s coins and a blank medical prescription pad.
Officers confronted Fortune two days later, while she was in the couple’s home, San Mateo County District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe said. She attempted to run, but didn't get far.
“Fortune was found hiding nearby and she had a baggie of methamphetamine in her mouth and another in her pocket,” Wagstaffe said.
Nothing tied Fortune’s twin sister to the theft, the district attorney added. According to Belmont police, she may have used several aliases to secure employment with other seniors.
Fortune is scheduled to appear today for a superior court review conference and remains in custody on $50,000 bail.