COUNCIL CHRONICLE – North Highlands Sheriff’s Department declared that two deputies had been placed on administrative leave after the authorities uncovered that the two had been involved in a plot to defraud a 75-year-old dementia patient. The officers are accused of stealing the woman’s money, putting her house on sale, and shipping her to the Philippines.
California Deputies Obtained Power of Attorney to ‘Help’ the Woman
According to the North Highlands Sherriff’s Office, Stephanie Angel and another deputy have been recently placed on administrative leave pending an internal investigation. Angel and her colleague are accused of taking advantage of 75-year-old Rosalie Santallan Achiu, a military wife, who has been struggling with dementia for the past decade.
Following her husband’s death, Achiu couldn’t care for herself and, on one occasion, called the authorities in order to deal with some of the people she willingly shared the house with.
Angel is accused of having to influence Achiu into granting her power of attorney so that she could access the woman’s funds and to manage her property.
Allegedly, Angel convinced her victim to move into her house and, on more than one occasions, she could be seen taking Achiu to the bank where she withdrew substantial amounts of money.
Furthermore, after a while, the California deputies persuaded the woman to live with her relatives in the Philippines. As a result, the woman was placed on an airplane bound to the Philippines while Angel listed Achiu’s house as for sale.
The authorities began suspecting foul play after the woman’s relatives alerted them regarding her mother’s unannounced arrival.
Angel’s attorney declared that both her client and the unidentified sheriff’s deputy were protecting Achiu’s interests and had never demanded monetary compensation for their efforts.
For the time being, the California deputies have been placed on administrative leave pending the outcome of the investigation.
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