21 January 2013

"Sweet Heart Scam" Elder Victim Forced Into Bankruptcy

A 30 year old woman in Elk Grove, CA. is facing up to six years in prison for felony theft from an elder...

The Santa Clara County District Attorney’s Office reported today that the victim was “smitten” with 30-year-old Samantha Pham of Elk Grove and invested $200,000 in her fledgling company before buying her a Lexus. Prosecutors say the company actually belonged to Pham’s boyfriend and that $50,000 of the pilfered money went towards paying off a victim in Nevada where Pham is also facing criminal charges.

“Ms. Pham criminally took advantage of an lonely, elderly man,” Deputy District Attorney Cherie Boulard said. “Unfortunately, this is such a common scenario that it has a nickname: The Sweetheart Scam. It is unconscionable.
According to prosecutors, the scam began in 2009 when Pham cold-called the victim and flirted with him enough to convince him to give her his ex-wife’s diamond ring. It is alleged that she also encouraged the man to refinance his home, which he had owned free and clear. She then reportedly got him to invest in the financial company she claimed she was starting in Elk Grove. The victim maxed out his credit card to buy her office furniture and then bought her the $73,000 Lexus.

Read more here: http://www.examiner.com/article/elk-grove-woman-facing-elder-abuse-charges-for-bilking-campbell-man

Found to  have committed fraud, undue influence and financial elder abuse in the amount of $235,000.00 in a Los Angeles County Superior Court civil case -- Robert & Doris Fuller are yet to have been arrested and charged with the various felonies they are alleged to have committed against their 92 year old victims.

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