Three people are accused of stealing thousands of dollars from a Holocaust survivor who passed away in December 2018.
Irmgard Deutsch died at the age of 102 in Hollywood, Florida, after a stroke and a five-year battle with Alzheimer’s disease.
Two caregivers and her financial adviser have been accused of taking more than $184,000 from her credit cards, bank, and brokerage accounts before she passed away.
Caregiver Carlene Henry Davis, 51, of Sunrise, Florida, was arrested on Monday and charged with exploitation of the elderly for taking $20,774 in 2017.
She could not explain the Christmas bonuses, extra payments, and timesheet discrepancies, according to the South Florida Sun-Sentinel. There were also large takeout orders for food that Deutsch would not have been able to eat.
Credit card charges for large sums of money were also discovered, when Deutsch would have been too unwell to spend that kind of cash.
Two other people, caregiver Marcia Wood, 56, of Miami, and Lawrence Mark Krupnick, 72, of Hollywood, are facing the same charges.
Police arrested Wood on April 8 and accused her of stealing $47,966 between January 2017 and November 2018.
Krupnick, who Deutsch hired to look after her finances, was arrested on March 3 and accused of stealing $24,670 between 2014 and 2018.
A fourth person is suspected of stealing $91,420 but no charges have yet been filed against them.
Deutsch’s two daughters discovered the irregularities in her finances after their mother suffered a stroke.
The daughters assumed power of attorney for their mother’s affairs, fired Krupnick and the caregivers, and contacted the police. Newsweek has contacted the Broward County Sheriff’s Office for comment.
All deny any wrongdoing, the Sun-Sentinel reported.
Last year, a Florida woman employed as a nursing assistant to Holocaust survivor Rella Herman and her husband Leonard Herman was arrested for allegedly stealing more than $100,000 from their life savings.
Odalis Lopez, 56, was arrested on multiple charges, including theft from an elderly person and financial exploitation.
Micha Herman, the couple’s grandson, said the caretaker had been taking advantage of his relative’s bank accounts as far back as 2011.
He alleged the thefts had escalated four years ago when Lopez exploited the death of Rella Herman’s only son, who died from cancer.
The abuse was only discovered after family members spotted suspicious transactions on bank records.
Citing a state investigation, the grandson said the loss is more than $100,000. He said Lopez had spent the savings on parties, margaritas, restaurants, and gift cards.