A Filipina caregiver is accused of stealing $500,000 from the savings of her former employer in Chicago in the United States.
Carmelita Pasamba, a certified nursing assistant who had cared for 94-year old Marshall Davies in the hospital, is accused of stealing more than half a million dollars over about two-and-a-half years.
Pasamba was hired by Davies' family in 2008 to care for him before he could be discharged from St. Joseph’s Hospital.
Davies is said to be suffering from severe dementia.
"Mr. Davies was extremely vulnerable," James Burton, an assistant public guardian, told CBS News.
"He was nearly 90 years old in 2008. He was already exhibiting signs of dementia. And so he was the perfect prey."
The alleged stolen money has been spent on a brand new Mercedes-Benz and for her daughter's tuition, said authorities.
"We tend to be jaded sometimes because we see this type of stuff all the time, but this one takes the cake," Burton said.
"Essentially Mr. Davies was their own personal ATM machine."
Burton said the scheme began when Pasamba brought Davies to the Filipino American Council of Chicago (FACC) to get legal help from lawyer Alfonso Bascos, a board member of the council and who maintains law offices there.
The Public Guardian's Office said Bascos prepared a new last will and trust agreement for Davies granting $20,000 to various social service agencies affiliated with the Filipino American Council and giving Pasamba and her family a total of $175,000 upon Davies' death.
Bascos also prepared a power of attorney giving Pasamba authority to handle Davies' financial affairs, including making withdrawals and writing checks from Davies' bank account, he claimed.
The Cook County Public Guardian's Office also CBS News that the case is one of the worst cases of financial exploitation ever handled by the agency.
The report also quoted Pasamba said she now regrets spending the money, and realized that what she did is not right.
More details: Filipino Reporter