Prosecutors act to prevent questionable caregiver from working inside people's homes

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Jackson County prosecutors are taking action against a caregiver accused of stealing an elderly Kansas City woman's valuables and pawning them off for cash.

Barb Loseke was the focus of a 41 Action News investigation , which exposed how she slipped through the cracks despite her recent criminal past.

A Jackson County judge approved a request from prosecutors to change Loseke's bond conditions. While she awaits her legal fate, she is prohibited from working any job inside someone's home.

“Specifically, but not limited to, an in-home caregiver, cleaning lady, nanny/babysitter, or other fashion in which defendant is present in another individual’s home for the purpose of providing services,” the order said .

Loseke is charged in Jackson County with felony theft, accused of stealing Lu Jouras' heirlooms while working as her caregiver.

Jouras has a disease that has stolen all of her muscle movement, including her ability to speak. Jouras' son Peter discovered the missing items and shared the story with 41 Action News.

The 41 Action News investigation found Loseke had just been convicted of stealing thousands of dollars from an elderly Kansas City, Kan., woman. Hidden cameras inside the home captured that theft.

41 Action News also spotted Loseke this week picking up a child from school and bringing him back to a Roeland Park home.

When questioned Tuesday, Loseke’s story changed about whether or not she was working inside that home.

“Doesn’t matter,” she told 41 Action News.

Prosecutors would now disagree with that sentiment.

41 Action News contacted the parent who lives at the Roeland Park home. She seemed surprised when informed about Loseke’s criminal past, but declined to answer any other questions about the situation.

Ryan Kath can be reached at ryan.kath@kshb.com. You can also follow him on Twitter or connect on Facebook.

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