Couple charged after 94 year-old woman loses life savings

Police allege family moved into 94-year old Norma Marshall's apartment and sold her things

A Toronto couple in in their 30s face multiple charges and are alleged to have defrauded a 94 year-old woman living alone in a Thorncliffe Park apartment of her life savings and moving into her home with their two young children.

Police allege that Norma Marshall's former housekeeper 32 year-old Vera Nunes and her 38 year-old husband Luis Serpa Da Conceicao Santos got Marshall to give them money for a move to Portugal that was never going to happen.

Husband and wife are charged with fraud and theft over $5000, mischief interfere with property, and being unlawfully in a dwelling.

In March police say the family moved into Marshall's apartment and forced her into a smaller bedroom, eventually selling off her jewelry and furniture without her knowledge.

Nunes was hired on as Marshall's housekeeper about 4 years ago, after a friend passed along a flyer with her number. Police allege Nunes gradually took on more of a role in Marshall's life, eventually gaining access to her banking and finances.

Cops were tipped off when pharmacy delivery driver Firoz Jogiat thought it was strange to see a man answer the door. He delivered to Marshall weekly and came back the following week and demanded to see Marshall who he says looked scared.

He spoke with a pharmacist and they called police.

Investigators believe there may be more victims.

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  1. Alice posted on 04/02/2014 02:45 PM
    People who hurt the vulnerable-frail elderly,helpless children and trusting animals deserve whatever the worst we can give them, and more...

    Dispicable human beings..
  2. Angry Bill posted on 04/02/2014 04:09 PM
    In some countries, the judge can render a sentence that includes public whippings with a cane. I believe such a sentence would be applicable in this case. And then jail.

    Also, this is why I like dogs much better than people.
    1. Cowgirl posted on 04/02/2014 09:40 PM
      @Angry Bill Bill - ask your dogs if they like you too. The feeling probably isn't mutual.
  3. Greg posted on 04/02/2014 08:29 PM
    Just like to say great job by the pharmacy delivery guy. Not only did he notice a problem but he did something about it.
    Yeah, they'll get some sort of slap on the wrist but, sadly, the money's long gone.
    That couple of pigs should be put into indentured servitude for the rest of the old lady's life. Waiting on her hand and foot would look good on them.
  4. john posted on 04/03/2014 12:40 PM
    sick pieces of s$^$%^$hit . i say we throw them in jail for the rest of there life .
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