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Laguna Niguel Woman Facing 59 Fraud Charges for Alleged Theft from the Elderly

February 5, 2011
By The Law Offices of Vincent J. LaBarbera, Jr. on February 5, 2011 10:07 AM |

A 51-year-old Laguna Niguel woman is facing fraud charges in Santa Ana in connection with the alleged theft of more than $600,000 from an elderly woman, the Orange County Register reported.

An experienced Santa Ana criminal defense lawyer should always be called to defend clients facing charges of fraud or embezzlement. In this case, prosecutors have charged the defendant with nearly 60 felonies. Such crimes can be extremely complex and defending yourself from wrongdoing requires a law firm with the resources and ability to handle financial crimes defense.
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In this case authorities contend that the defendant was hired through LivHOME caregivers to provide around-the-clock care for an 85-year-old Laguna Woods woman. Instead, she is accused of stealing more than $600,000 over a period of 28 months. She allegedly also rang up debt on the elderly woman's credit cards and spent money to pay her rent, for orthodontic work and for a "dog whisperer."

She was fired after LivHOME reportedly learned she was not caring for the woman during her assigned shift. A subsequent review of the alleged victim's bank accounts found her savings had fallen from $700,000 in June 2008 to less than $5,000 by April 2009.

The defendant is facing 59 felony counts of fraud, as well as sentencing enhancements for excessive theft of more than $100,000, property loss of more than $200,000 and white-collar crime of more than $500,000.

She faces nearly 50 years in prison if convicted of all charges and remains in jail on more than $600,000 bail.

If you are facing charges of fraud or embezzlement in Santa Ana, contact the Law Offices of Vincent J. LaBarbera Jr. to discuss your rights. Through three decades of experienced, Attorney LaBarbera has argued over 200 criminal trials and appeals. Call (714) 541-9668 for a confidential appointment to discuss your rights.