Care home owner allegedly takes resident's money, changes will - Tucson News Now

Care home owner allegedly takes resident's money, changes will

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(Source: Pima County Sheriff's Department) (Source: Pima County Sheriff's Department)
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TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

A care home owner and his wife have been arrested for financially exploiting an elderly woman over the course of multiple months, according to authorities.

According to the Pima County Sheriff's Department, the family of the 92-year-old victim noticed her trust had been changed and $150,000 was gifted to Joseph Wingate, the owner of Wingate Adult Care Home.

The family then made a report to Adult Protective Services under concerns that the victim was being exploited.

The Sheriff's Department Financial Crimes Unit took over the investigation and discovered Wingate and his wife Rebecca had financially exploited the victim between July of 2012 and February of 2013.       

According to authorities, Wingate put his name on the victim's financial accounts and changed her will through power of attorney. 

The victim never gave Wingate access her finances, her trust or her will. With the money, the Wingates reportedly went to Disneyland, bought a van and started to build a garage. Wingate also made his family the heirs in the victim's will, according to a news release.

The couple was arrested and charged with theft from a vulnerable adult and fraudulent schemes and artifices.  

The Wingates will not be able to contact the victim at her new adult care home.

The Arizona Department of Health Services continues to investigate and will determine what actions will be taken against the care home's license.    

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