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Placer County caretaker arrested for financial elder abuse

Authorities said Lopez stole over $100,000 from the accounts.

Posted: Sep 25, 2019 9:11 PM
Updated: Sep 25, 2019 9:13 PM

PLACER COUNTY, Calif. - Placer County Sheriff's Office is using an elder abuse arrest to exemplify "see something, say something".

Earlier in 2019, a family hired Michelle Lopez, 49, as a caretaker for their 100-year-old disabled family member. Lopez began stealing money from the man's accounts, including one he shared with his 76-year-old daughter.

Authorities said Lopez stole over $100,000 from the accounts.

An employee at the man's bank noticed the activity and reported it, that's when the Sheriff's Office began to investigate.

Lopez was arrested on Sept. 24 and charged with financial elder abuse and an enhancement for theft exceeding $100,000.

Her bail is set at $500,00.

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