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Caregivers charged with eldercare fraud scheme

Posted at 6:33 PM, Nov 07, 2018
and last updated 2018-11-07 20:33:02-05

A homebound 91-year-old victim lost $184,000 in a recent eldercare fraud scheme.

According to a press release from U.S. Attorney’s Office, District of Arizona, Margaret Arlene Gastelum, 59 of San Manuel and Mona Lisa Rodriguez, 36 of Tucson provided home care assistance for the 91-year-old victim from 2015 to 2017. 

According to the indictment, the two gained access to the victim's banking information and fraudulently transferred/and or used funds from the account. The two also used the victim's credit cards and obtained credit cards without the victim knowing.

The two are charged with conspiracy, bank fraud, wire fraud and aggravated identity theft. The arraignment is scheduled for Nov. 16.