Senior Care Facility Worker Indicted for Theft of Resident's Jewelry

PHOENIX - Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich announced a State Grand Jury indicted 24-year-old Arthur Michael Sesate for allegedly stealing jewelry from 7 seniors at an assisted living facility in Mesa. The Arizona Attorney General’s Office Health Care Fraud and Abuse Section and the Mesa Police Department investigated this case.

In January 2017, a resident of the Fellowship Square Senior Living Facility discovered her diamond engagement ring was missing and notified management. It was soon discovered that at least 7 residents at the facility were also missing jewelry from their individual apartments. Sesate worked at the facility as a maintenance man and was provided a master key that allowed him to enter into the apartments. It is alleged that he entered the resident’s apartments when they were not home, stole jewelry from them, and then pawned the jewelry at local pawn shops so that he could get money to buy opioids.

Sesate is charged with 7 counts of Burglary, 3 counts of Trafficking in Stolen Property, 2 counts of Forgery, and multiple counts of Theft.

Assistant Attorney General Cynthia Giltner of the Health Care Fraud and Abuse Section is prosecuting this case.

All defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

For a copy of the indictment.