Prosecutors fighting for elderly couple's taped testimony in theft case

Prosecutors fighting for elderly couple's taped testimony in theft case

HIGHLAND HILLS, OH (WOIO) - A Highland Hills couple in failing health could be out more than $250,000 allegedly at the hands of a home health worker who cared for them for four years.

Charmayne Dayse is accused of stealing that money from Nick and Carol Trivisonno.

Prosecutors need testimony from the Trivisonnos for their case, and worry that Dayse might get away with her alleged crime if that testimony is not taken immediately.

Nick Trivisonno suffers from COPD, chronic pain and end-stage kidney disease. He undergoes dialysis for more than three hours a day, three times a week.  His wife Carol is largely confined to bed rest and a wheel chair due to a stroke.

Prosecutors say Dayse gained the couple's trust over time and began paying bills for them, then began paying herself.

A search warrant for her home shows Dayse wrote $266,000 in checks to herself. Subtracting her salary, Dayse overpaid herself by $170,000.

Authorities say when promotional MasterCard checks came in the mail, Dayse cashed them for nearly $17,000. She is also accused of dipping into a home equity account for nearly $72,000.

Investigators believe she spent most of the money at local casinos.

They also say Dayse was found in possession of a diamond necklace, a Coach purse and a Louis Vuitton bag, all belonging to Carol Trivisonno.

Because of their poor health, prosecutors are concerned the Trivisonnos might not make it to Dayse's trial. So on March 13, prosecutors asked Judge Stuart Freidman if they could get a deposition from the couple on video. The motion was renewed on March 26.

The motion has since been denied and prosecutors have refiled.

Dayse had nothing to say when 19 Action News reporter Paul Orlousky confronted her in the courthouse hallway.

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