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In-home caregiver in Tucson accused of stealing

TUCSON, Ariz. — Authorities say a woman working as an in-home caregiver in
Tucson is accused of stealing $917,000 from an elderly client.

Tucson police said 59-year-old Shirley Gonzales allegedly wrote 818 checks on the
70-year-old victim’s account from 2007 to 2011. The victim has since died.

Police said Gonzales has been booked into the Pima County jail on suspicion of
one count each of forgery, theft from a vulnerable adult, misuse of power of
attorney and fraud schemes and artifices.

The Arizona Daily Star says the state Attorney General’s office is reviewing
the case and additional charges may be filed.

It was unclear Friday if Gonzales has a lawyer yet.

Police said they began their investigation in June 2011 when another caregiver
noticed irregularities in the victim’s finances and reported it to authorities.


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