Pittsfield caregiver admits to stealing

Posted
Wednesday August 31, 2011

PITTSFIELD -- A Pittsfield woman pleaded guilty to a slew of theft crimes Tuesday, including stealing from an elderly woman she was supposed to be caring for and selling the furniture of her roommate while he was gone.

Kim C. Merriam blamed a drug addiction for her actions, expressed remorse and was given a year in jail for the crimes.

Merriam, 38, admitted stealing, forging and cashing $500 worth of checks from an 86-year-old woman she was caring for in March.

She also admitted to selling four tables, two lamps and a television that belonged to her roommate in April.

Merriam also used a stolen credit card to buy items, including a carton of cigarette, she admitted.

The Pittsfield Police Department investigated all three cases. She was facing a total of 20 charges.

Merriam was arraigned in May and has been in the Berkshire County Jail & House of Corrections on $1,000 cash bail.

Her attorney, Joseph P. Colonna, told Judge Fredric D. Rutberg that, since being in jail, Merriam has joined Narcotics Anonymous and Alcoholics Anonymous, among other positive steps.

Colonna said his client had become addicted to drugs following the death of one of her children in 2000.

The Berkshire District Attorney's Office asked that Merriam receive a year in jail.

Rutberg agreed and sentenced her accordingly.


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