Health aide from Mass. accused of stealing from patients

A former health aide has been accused of stealing from two developmentally disabled patients in a state-run group home in Rhode Island. Authorities alleged that 49-year-old Caren Thompson of Blackstone, Mass., took $393 from accounts belonging to two male residents and used the money to purchase clothing. The alleged theft occurred last fall at a group home operated by the state’s Department of Behavioral Healthcare, Development Disabilities, and Hospitals. Peter Kilmartin, Rhode Island’s attorney general, said Thompson was arraigned Friday. She faces a felony charge of wrongful conversion of money by a government employee. Thompson is due back in court in October. A phone number for Thompson could not be located.