Woman found guilty of stealing from elderly Tucson victim

Woman found guilty of stealing from elderly Tucson victim

TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) - The woman accused of stealing $18,000 from an elderly Tucson woman has been found guilty on several charges, authorities said.

On Tuesday, March 14, Attorney General Mark Brnovich reported Marisela Navarro was found guilty on eight counts of forgery, two counts of theft and one count of fraud.

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Brnovich said the 92-year-old victim hired Navarro to be her personal driver in March 2011.

"The victim suffered from cognitive impairment and was unable to keep track of her bills or bank statements," the AG's office said in a news release.

In 2013, the victim's family discovered unpaid bills and overdrafts of $6,000.

"During an investigation, it was discovered that a large number of checks had been written out and cashed by Navarro for amounts that did not match up with her limited role as personal driver," the AG's office said.

Even when the victim was told about the theft, she allowed Navarro to get into her home.

"Navarro once again stole and cashed checks from the victim's new bank account until the victim's daughter took over financial responsibility for her mother," according to the AG's office.

The victim was moved to an assisted-living facility and died a few months later.

Navarro, who will be sentenced April 4, is facing 3-60 years in prison.

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