WATERLOO – A former social services employee has been arrested for allegedly stealing from a man under a conservatorship.
Waterloo police arrested Nicolas Keith First, 31, of 910 Campbell Ave., Wednesday for one count of dependant adult exploitation, a felony. He was later released from jail pending trial.
According to court records, the case involves a man who had been a resident at the state Mental Health Institute in Independence and had no family to assist him. The man was receiving help from REM Iowa Community Services, and First managed his care in 2015.
After the man was discharged from REM’s services in 2016 and was no longer a client, First continued to help him, records state.
In May 2016, First was appointed to be conservator for the man, who was 70 years old and receiving a monthly disability check and owned a 2009 Chevrolet Aveo. By the end of the following year, in December 2017, court officials flagged the conservatorship because the annual report hadn’t been filed, records show.
Workers with the Iowa Department of Human Services contacted Waterloo police in February 2018, and an investigation determined First had written about $11,900 worth of checks on the man’s credit union accounts for his own personal use between March and September 2016, records state. The man’s Aveo had also been repossessed by the dealership in December 2017 without his knowledge.
First is no longer employed at REM, according to court records.