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Tucson ex-caregiver sentenced to prison for defrauding 92-year-old

TUCSON – A Tucson elder home caregiver was sentenced to prison on for defrauding a 92-year-old homebound victim.

Mona Rodriguez, 37, was sentenced to 30 months in prison and ordered to pay $171,631 in restitution to the victim.  She had previously pleaded guilty to wire fraud.

According to the U.S. Attorney’s Office, District of Arizona, Rodriguez and her mother, Margaret Gastelum provided home care assistance for the 92-year-old.

Officials say Rodriguez admitted that she and Gastelum gained access to the victim’s banking information and fraudulently used funds from the victim’s bank accounts.

Both Rodriguez and Gastelum used the victim’s credit cards.

Rodriguez also obtained a credit card in the victim’s name without the victim’s consent, according to the attorney’s office.

Gastelum previously entered a guilty plea to wire fraud and was also sentenced to 30 months in prison on Aug. 14.

Julia Leon

Julia is a Digital Content Specialist for KVOA News 4 Tucson. In 2018, she earned a bachelor’s of arts degree in journalism from the University of Arizona.

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