A 48-year-old woman was indicted Tuesday for stealing about $42,000 from her elderly neighbor, according to Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance.
Lina Vazquez is charged with grand larceny and identity theft after allegedly making unauthorized ATM withdrawals from the 93-year-old veteran's checking account, prosecutors said.
"Scammers regularly befriend older victims to gain access to their personal information and conceal theft and fraud," Vance said in a statement.
Court documents showed that Vazquez stole the money in large amounts through 85 unauthorized withdrawals from July 1, 2015, through September 30, 2015, when she would help the victim with paperwork and other tasks in his Chelsea apartment.
The withdrawals often happened multiple times a day, according to Vance. After three months, a friend of the victim discovered the theft, confronted Vazquez and contacted police.
"I encourage anyone who believes that an older friend, relative or loved one may be the victim of this type of fraud to call my office’s Elder Abuse Hotline at 212-335-9007,” Vance said.