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Friday, October 19 News

Police: Woman forged checks, stole over $11K from 93-year-old

WESTPORT — A Bronx, N.Y., woman withdrew over $11,000 in forged checks from the 93-year-old she cared for, police said.

On June 16, a victim reported someone was writing checks in her name and cashing them without her permission. The complaint stated the 93-year-old victim was alerted to suspicious activity in her bank account by her financial advisor, police said.

The checks ranged from a couple hundred dollars to $3,000. In total, investigators learned six checks, amounting to over $11,000, were forged and fraudulently withdrawn from the victim’s account, police said.

The victim’s caregiver, Vilma Marroquin-Enriquez, was responsible for the forged checks, each of which was signed by her or her significant other. Other checks were given to third parties by Marroquin-Enriquez as payment for other debts, police said.

Police submitted an arrest warrant for Marroquin-Enrriquez and on Oct. 3, she turned herself in at police headquarters. She was charged with first-degree identity theft, second-degree larceny and third-degree forgery. Marroquin-Enriquez was released after posting a $75,000 bond and she is scheduled to appear in state Superior Court in Norwalk on Oct. 12.

svaughan@hearstmediact.com; 203-842-2638; @SophieCVaughan1

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