Deborah Verna is charged with felony theft, fraud schemes, and misuse of power of attorney. (Source: Prescott Police Department)
PRESCOTT, AZ (CBS5) -
Police have arrested a Prescott woman on suspicion of defrauding an elderly woman with dementia of her money and property.
Deborah Verna, 61, was arrested Monday and booked into the Yavapai County Jail on a warrant for felony theft, fraud schemes and misuse of power of attorney, according to a Prescott police news release.
Verna had power of attorney for a 74-year-old woman with dementia. A care facility reported in September that the woman was about $20,000 behind in payments and when contacted, the woman said she was not aware where her assets or possessions were, according to the report.
Investigators say that Verna had sold the elderly woman's residence in a private sale to one of Verna's relatives for under-market value. She then auctioned most of the victim's possessions, signed the woman's vehicle over to herself and took control of the victim's assets, according to the report.
Investigators also learned Verna has lost $100,000 gambling at several Arizona Casinos.
Some of the victim's property was found inside Verna's home in Williamson Valley Ranch after the execution of a search warrant.
Verna was being held on a $750,000 bond.
Anyone with information regarding Verna or any of her alleged criminal activity is encouraged to call Detective James Lamerson at 928-777-1920.
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