A 90-year-old Arizona woman was a victim of a caretaker forging checks and walking away with tens of thousands of dollars.
The Yavapai County Sheriff's Office said the victim's granddaughter discovered there was $100,000 missing from her grandmother's bank records over a four-month period.
YCSO said the victim, who needs 24-hour care, hired the caretaking service of "C and R Home Care" owned by 37-year-old Rosemary Flores from Camp Verde.
Flores charged $2,200 each week for 24-hour service involving several caretakers. Flores offered to write out the victim's personal checks and had the victim sign. Then Flores would change the amount on the check to between $3,200 and $12,300 and cash them, with the total exceeding $60,000, according to YCSO.
The victim's granddaughter contacted Flores about the withdrawals and she said the money was necessary for extraordinary expenses. That's when the victim's granddaughter contacted YCSO.
Detectives found that Flores convinced the victim to cash out her annuities and in one case she lost $32,000 due to the early cancellations. Flores led the victim to also have income penalties exceeding $40,000.
Detectives interviewed Flores on Aug. 9 and she admitted to the fraud, claiming she used the money to pay her medical bills.
She was booked in the Camp Verde Detention Center on charges including 13 counts of fraudulent schemes, 14 counts of offering a forged instrument and theft.
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