The victim’s late husband owned a law firm, where he employed the perpetrator to manage both his company and his personal accounts. After the owner, the victim’s son took over the business, and the perpetrator continued to manage her widow’s accounts, using the victim’s funds to feed the perpetrator’s gambling habit. Rumors of an affair between the late owner and the perpetrator circulated but were never confirmed. Whether this was the motivation to exploit the victim after her husband’s death remains unclear.
During the investigation, it was discovered that $500,000 in checks were made payable to cash and endorsed by the perpetrator, a common method of financial exploitation. The investigation also found that the perpetrator was paying her own bills from the victim’s various accounts, including paying back her own personal debts. Another significant finding during the investigation was the perpetrator’s reputation as a high-rolling gambler and receiving five-star treatment at local casinos and posing for pictures with visiting celebrities. Evidence of this was found on the perpetrator’s Facebook page, which included photos of backstage passes, expensive dinners, and compensated stays.
Red flags of this case are bank accounts being drained without the victim’s knowledge, the perpetrator having access to personal accounts and business accounts with no oversight, and the perpetrator’s lifestyle not matching her known income.
The case of the widow’s husband and the perpetrator is a complex one, with many layers of deceit and exploitation. It highlights the importance of thorough background checks and careful monitoring of those entrusted with managing finances, as well as oversight of anyone in this role. This is especially important for elderly or vulnerable individuals. By being vigilant and proactive in preventing financial exploitation, we can protect our loved ones and ensure their well-being.