Casa Grande couple sentenced for stealing from elderly parents - Tucson News Now


Casa Grande couple sentenced for stealing from elderly parents

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CASA GRANDE, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

A Casa Grande husband and wife have been sentenced for stealing more than $600,000 from the man's elderly parents, state officials said.

Attorney General Mark Brnovich said Michael Gonzales, 49, received a two-year sentence while his wife Kimberly Gonzales, 50, was handed a sentence of 2 1/2 years. Both will be placed on probation for four years.

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Brnovich said Michael and Kimberly Gonzales received control over Michael's parent's bank account in 2013.

By 2015, both of Michael's parents were suffering from dementia and his mom died in January 2016.

The investigation began in 2016 when a concerned family member found out the defendants had stopped paying the healthcare facility where Michael's father was living.

"Investigators discovered the defendants were withdrawing $1,000-1,500 weekly from their parents joint bank account starting in 2013," the Arizona Attorney's Office said in a news release. "Almost $100,000 was spent on improvements to the defendants' home in Casa Grande which included a new pool, floors, bathroom remodel, solar roof, furniture, and landscaping.

"The defendants also paid for vacations, cruises and vehicles for themselves. (They) even bought Kimberly’s parents a home."

Brnovich said both suspects pleaded guilty to felony theft and unlawful use of Power of Attorney.

Michael and Kimberly Gonzales were ordered to pay restitution of more than $600,000 to Michael's father and assets purchased with the victim's money will be liquidated and paid back to the victim.

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