An Oxnard woman faces embezzlement after investigators say she stole nearly $20,000 from an elderly man. According to police, they received a report of elder abuse in March 2019. The victim resided in Ojai. The man’s current caregiver was reviewing financial records from years past and discovered irregularities.
Investigators said that the caregiver noted discrepancies in the checks written to the man’s previous caregiver. According to investigators, the woman wrote multiple checks overpaying herself. Initially, the suspect provided care to the man’s elderly wife. She remained at the couple’s home to provide care for the man following the wife’s death in 2017. According to investigators, she wrote checks to herself for two years.
Initially, she had the victim sign blank checks, which she then made to herself. In addition, she sometimes altered the amount of the check after he paid her. According to police, the woman misappropriated nearly $19,000 from the over two years.
The suspect faces charges of grand theft by embezzlement and also theft from an elder by a caretaker. She remains jailed in lieu of a $20,000 bond. She returns to court today for a probable cause hearing.
Police are asking the suspect’s other clients to verify their financial records.
Oxnard Embezzlement Attorney
When you face charges for work-related theft of funds, hire an experienced embezzlement attorney like Robert Helfend. Mr. Helfend has more than 30 years of experience in criminal defense. He takes cases in Ventura County and throughout Southern California.
Most theft victims want their money returned. That is often more important to them than seeing someone go to jail. The state, however, has a serious interest in preventing the abuse of vulnerable adults. An experienced criminal defense attorney will work aggressively to get the charges against his client reduced or dropped. When that’s not possible, the attorney will work toward the best possible resolution to the case.
In these cases, resolution often involves full restitution. Because restitution is so important, a long prison sentence would practically ensure that the victim could not recover their stolen funds. Working with an experienced criminal defense attorney often produces sentences that enable the defendant to make restitution a real possibility.
Contact Robert Helfend or call toll-free at (800) 834-6434, (805) 273-5611, (310) 456-3317 or (818) 591-2809 for an immediate consultation on your Ventura County embezzlement case.
Photo Credit: Vormingplus Gent-Eeklo vzw, via Flickr.com