Woman steals $400,000 from elderly cancer patient by pretending to be daughter

Police arrested a Florida woman Friday after she cheated an elderly cancer patient out of more than $400,000.

Ana Nunez posed as the daughter of an unnamed 70-year-old cancer patient to visit her in the hospital. During the visit, Nunez is accused of manipulating the patient into giving her power of attorney by signing several documents, according to WPLG News. In addition, she signed all of her belongings to the strangers, including her home and bank accounts, with a salary of around $437,000, Local 10 News reported.

Nunez now faces charges of organized fraud, exploitation of the elderly and theft of more than $50,000. She has a criminal record for theft and forgery and previously served a probationary period that ended in 2019.

Nunez’s son, Pablo Figueroa, was also allegedly involved in carrying out his mother’s plan. He was arrested in early May.

Florida woman cheats on cancer patient
A Florida woman was arrested Friday for allegedly cheating a cancer patient out of over $400,000 by pretending to be her daughter. Above is a representative image of a hospital bed.
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news week reached out to the Miami-Dade Police Department for comment.

The elder abuse perpetrated by Nunez is rampant across the United States, with FBI data suggesting seniors were defrauded out of around $1 billion in 2020 alone. A report by ABC News also found that elderly people in Florida are among the most commonly affected, along with those in Texas and California. They also tend to be cheated out of larger amounts than younger people affected by similar schemes.

“Each year, millions of older Americans fall victim to some form of financial or internet fraud, such as “Criminals gain the trust of their targets or use intimidation and threat tactics to prey on their victims. Once successful, scammers are likely to keep a system running as they expect significant financial gains.”

In July 2021, in Long Island, New York, a man was caught stealing the identities of three seniors, all of whom were residents of the Atria Bay Shore assisted living facility, between the ages of 90 and 94. Using her personal information, Darrel Sharpeson , 37, applied for numerous loans and bought a dozen iPhones. The first instance of this activity was traced back to October 2019.

“We are concerned by these allegations and immediately launched an internal review upon learning of the situation,” Jason Shott, Atria Senior Living’s regional vice president, wrote in a statement news week. “We have confirmed that a person who was briefly employed in our community more than two years ago may have lived with the person alleged to have committed these crimes. We have informed the police of this connection and will continue to support their investigation.”

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Rick Schindler

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