Live-in helper charged in employer's death

Friday, February 7, 2014
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— A recently hired live-in helper for a 79-year-old Albany man is now accused of causing his death, police said.

She is also accused of then trying to cash a check from his account after attacking him.

Killed was Richard Englander, of 40 Woodside Drive, Albany.

Englander was found by police critically injured at his home. He was taken to Albany Medical Center, where he died.

A woman identified as his live-in helper, Sara Moore, 35, of Wynantskill, is now accused of killing him. She was arrested after trying to withdraw money from Englander’s bank account, police said.

The incident unfolded Thursday afternoon. Police were first alerted at about 2:45 p.m. by staff from TD Bank in Colonie. Staff told police that, while on the phone with the Englander, a bank representative heard what sounded like an altercation in the client’s home.

The bank was then in contact with Englander regarding a woman who had earlier entered the bank and tried to cash a personal check from Englander’s checking account.

When police arrived at Englander’s home, they found him unresponsive.

Not long afterward, the woman returned to the same TD Bank and attempted to cash another check. Bank staff refused to cash it and called police.

Moore was stopped by Colonie police near the bank and identified as the woman who tried to cash the check, police said.

Police said she had only recently been hired by Englander to help him with day-to-day tasks.

Moore faces one count of second-degree murder. She was arraigned and ordered held at the Albany County Jail.

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