Updated Aug. 28, 2016
YORK COUNTY, VA. – Two nurse aides, 46-year-old Lena Renee Mitchell, of Suffolk and 24 year old Kentara R. Wright, of Newport News, are accused of stealing the identity of a mentally-ill patient they were hired to care for.
Court documents revealed that the patient suffers from panic attacks, anxiety disorder, bipolar disorder and dependent personality disorders. She required assistance during her everyday life and hired Wright to help her during daytime hours and Mitchell for the night shift.
According to York County deputies, Wright and Mitchell used their patient’s identity to open
a Wells Fargo bank account and credit cards. Deputies saw a surveillance video from a
Walmart in Williamsburg of the two women charging up to $2,000 on a credit card
connected to the bank account.
On February 25, 2016, Wright was charged with four counts of credit card fraud, one count
of conspiracy to commit credit card fraud, one count of identity theft and one count of
exploitation of a mentally-ill person. She was arrested on April 13 for seven felony charges.
However, she was released after posting $3,500 bond. York County deputies were unable to
locate Mitchell, so she is still at large.
Newport News police have issued warrants for Wright’s arrest because they have accused
her of committing similar offenses to the same victim in March and April as well.
With Mitchell still on the run, Wright faced the judge alone on May 10. She told the judge
she was going to hire a lawyer to tell her side of the story even after the judge informed
her that it would cost thousands of dollars.
Outside the court, the media was waiting with questions for an infuriated Wright. She
refused to answer any questions and got in her car and drove away.
Wright’s hearing date was July 13, which she attended with a lawyer, Eric Korslund. Her next hearing date will be Sept 26.
Authorities have still not located Lena Renee Mitchell. Mitchell has a previous criminal record. In 2007, she was charged with third offense petit larceny and contributing to the delinquency of a minor. She was found guilty and sentenced to five years in jail with two years and 10 months suspended. Mitchell has not been pressed with any charges for this case.
Updated Jul 30, 2018
Kentara Wright pled guilty to identity fraud. She was sentenced to five years with four years and four months being suspended. She served a total of eight months in the penitentiary and will be on probation for the next 10 years.
“Nurse’s aide accused of stealing patient’s identity“; Author: Jane Alvarez-Wertz & Lex Gray; Published: May 10, 2016