Cou­ple ac­cused of steal­ing over $100K from el­derly rel­a­tive

Po­lice say 92-year-old woman was re­moved from their care af­ter signs of abuse, ne­glect

Maryland Independent - - Front Page - By JAMIE ANFENSON-COMEAU jan­fen­son-comeau@somd­

A White Plains woman and her hus­band are fac­ing charges of theft of over $100,000 and el­der abuse af­ter al­legedly steal­ing from the woman’s el­derly aunt, who was in their care, and fail­ing to pro­vide her med­i­ca­tion or treat­ment for her med­i­cal con­di­tions.

Jac­que­line and Richard Fran­cisco have been charged with theft and at­tempted theft of over $100,000, ob­tain­ing prop­erty in ex­cess of $100,000 from a vul­ner­a­ble adult, and vul­ner­a­ble adult abuse by a fam­ily mem­ber. The cou­ple was served a sum­mons on Aug. 4 and is sched­uled to ap­pear be­fore a pre­lim­i­nary in­quiry hear­ing on Sept. 5 in Charles County District Court, ac­cord­ing to on­line court records.

Ac­cord­ing to the charg­ing doc­u­ments filed by Charles County Sher­iff’s Of­fice Det. Eliz­a­beth Clark, she was

con­tacted in De­cem­ber 2016 by a Las Ve­gas res­i­dent who feared her el­derly aunt, aged 92, was be­ing fi­nan­cially taken ad­van­tage of.

The caller said the vic­tim had left Las Ve­gas to

live with her niece, Jac­que­line Fran­cisco, and her hus­band Robert in 2014. At that time, the vic­tim had more than $173,078 in her ac­count, with monthly de­posits of more than $5,000 from the So­cial Se­cu­rity Ad­min­is­tra­tion and Vet­er­ans Af­fairs.

The caller said she vis­ited the vic­tim and found

her to be in poor health.

In Novem­ber 2016, the vic­tim was re­moved from the Fran­cis­cos’ res­i­dence and ad­mit­ted to the Univer­sity of Mary­land Charles Re­gional Med­i­cal Cen­ter for pos­si­ble ne­glect. Ac­cord­ing to the med­i­cal re­port, it ap­peared the vic­tim had suf­fered a stroke, for which she had not been treated, and based on her blood work, it ap­peared she had not re­ceived her thy­roid med­i­ca­tion in two years. The vic­tim had also lost ap­prox­i­mately 50 pounds in two years.

The de­tec­tive re­port­edly found that in 2016, nu­mer­ous bank trans­fers had been made from the vic­tim’s ac­count to Jac­que­line Fran­cisco’s ac­count and to a joint ac­count shared by the vic­tim and Jac­que­line Fran­cisco.

A num­ber of checks were also al­legedly writ­ten out from the vic­tim’s ac­count and de­posited in the Fran­cis­cos’ ac­count or used to pay Jac­que­line Fran­cisco’s credit card, which was used to pur­chase cloth­ing, hol­sters, chrome skull mo­tor­cy­cle gear shifts, tires, toys and other items, with Richard Fran­cisco listed on the billing.

Even af­ter the vic­tim was re­moved from the home, the Fran­cis­cos con­tin­ued to transfer money out of the vic­tim’s ac­count, ac­cord­ing to the court records.

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