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Health care worker accused of pocketing client's pills

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KENNEWICK, Wash. - A former in-home health care worker is arrested after being accused of stealing prescriptions from her client.

Police began investigating 32-year-old Trisha Honn last month while she was working for life Care Solutions in Kennewick.

According to police, Honn would visit a 60-year-old patient, who was a client of the Kennnewick Home Healthcare Service and told her she was there to make sure things were going smoothly.

Police say she would repetitively return to the house and ask to count the woman's pain medication, but was secretly pocketing pills. 

"And so she's trying to help the lady count her med's, and things like that. She's accidentally spilling them and then palming some of the pills," said Ken Lattin, Sgt. at the Kennewick Police Department.

When the patient confronted Honn, police say she got aggressive and even slammed a door shut on the woman, leaving bruises on her body. Police say she then ran out of the home with her medications.

Police say although Honn worked for the company, she didn't have the authorization to make home visits and has since been fired.

Police say she also stole a prescription pad from Lourdes Medical Center in Pasco and tried to fill prescriptions in two different Kennewick locations.

The Benton County prosecutor is reviewing this case but police say she will likely face theft, fraud and robbery charges.