Former home care provider barred after stealing from client

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OLYMPIA — A former home care nursing assistant may no longer care for vulnerable adults after pleading guilty to theft.

Yezica Padilla, 22, of Chelan had her license suspended last month by the Washington Department of Health. She was previously employed by an in-home health service in Chelan, where she used a client’s credit card to make a $100 dollar shoe order for her boyfriend in February 2018.

Padilla pleaded guilty in April to third-degree theft, and served 20 days on electronic home confinement. State health regulators placed Padilla on a long-term registry of adult caregivers barred from practice.