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.