Commonwealth v. Tamara Elizabeth Olson; Caregiver Sentenced to 10 Years in Prison for Stealing from 91-Year-Old Patient

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Colin D. Stolle, Commonwealth's Attorney for the city of Virginia Beach, announced today that Tamara Elizabeth Olson, 44 years old, formerly of the 1500 block of Woodberry Court in Virginia Beach, Virginia, was sentenced by Circuit Court Judge A. Bonwill Shockley for Credit Card Fraud, Credit Card Theft, Forgery, Uttering, and Obtaining Money by False Pretenses, all felony offenses.  Judge Shockley sentenced Olson to 25 years in prison with 15 years suspended, leaving 10 years to serve. This is significantly higher than the Virginia State Sentencing Guidelines, which recommended a sentence in the range of 1 day to 6 months in jail.

Olson pled guilty on May 16, 2016.  Had this matter gone to trial, the Commonwealth's evidence would have proven that between September 2013 and June 23, 2015, Tamara Elizabeth Olson was employed at Cozy Home as a health care aide.  She became the health care aide for a 91-year-old woman, first at the woman's residence, and then at First Colonial Inn.  Olson took the woman's credit card and made charges over $16,000. Some of her purchases included over $2,600 in gas, $853 in charges to a nail salon, over $7,533 in groceries, and numerous visits to restaurants and fast food establishments. Olson also took the victim's checks and wrote checks out to herself and to cash, in amounts totaling over $4,000. Further, she took other checks and wrote them to USAA to pay for the credit card bills on the victim's account for charges the defendant had made.  Those checks totaled over $11,000.  Olson ultimately stole a total of over $30,000 from the victim.

A family member of the victim ultimately discovered the theft and moved the victim to another facility in April 2015. Sadly, the victim died shortly thereafter. 

 Olson has a prior conviction for misdemeanor Bad Check: Larceny < $200.​

Assistant Commonwealth's Attorney Julie L. Fink prosecuted this case. Please contact Macie Allen if additional information is desired.