On January 21, 2020, Fedia Dorlus, age 25, of Salisbury, Maryland, was found guilty of theft scheme – from $100 to $1,500 by the Honorable L. Bruce Wade, retired Wicomico County judge sitting in the Snow Hill District Court. The Court imposed a sentence of 120 days’ incarceration with 90 days suspended and placed Dorlus on 2 years of supervised probation upon release.
The charges stem from a report of theft and credit card offenses made to the Ocean Pines Police Department in March of 2019. Police met with family members of the elderly victim, who had succumbed to her terminal illness just days before. Distraught family members advised officers that the victim’s credit card, which was kept in her purse by her bed, had been used at several locations in Salisbury during the time she was under hospice care at her home in Ocean Pines. Police identified one of her home health aides as Fedia Dorlus, who told officers the victim had given her the credit card and told her to use it to purchase herself a birthday gift. She admitted using the card to buy nearly $300 worth of beauty products and spa treatments. Family members confirmed that the victim was bedridden and unable to communicate on the date Dorlus claimed she gave her the credit card. The victim passed away the day after Dorlus made the purchases.
Worcester County State’s Attorney Kris Heiser commended the investigative efforts of Ofc. Brasure and the Ocean Pines Police Department which led to the successful prosecution of the case. Heiser highlighted the importance of prosecuting offenders who take advantage of vulnerable victims, stating "Our team and our partners on the Vulnerable Adult Task Force will continue to prioritize these cases while we work to eradicate thieves and abusers from our community." Heiser also thanked her team of prosecutors for their thorough and thoughtful presentation of the case.