PCSO: 92-year-old woman financially exploited at care home in Tucson

TUCSON, AZ - The owners of a Tucson care facility are behind bars after allegedly swindling a 92-year-old woman out of $150,000.

Pima County Sheriff Clarence Dupnik said on February 1, the sheriff's department was notified by Adult Protective services that an elderly woman was being financially exploited by the owners of a care home where she was staying.

The victim's family told authorities they thought something was wrong when they discovered changes to the woman's trust gifting $150,000 to Joseph Wingate, the owner of Wingate Adult Care Home.

Detectives investigated and discovered from July 2012 to February 2013, Wingate and his wife Rebecca financially exploited the victim.

Authorities said Wingate was able to get Power of Attorney over the victim's finances and put his name on her financial accounts. He also was able to change her will.

PCSO officials say the Wingates used the victim's money to take a trip to Disneyland, buy a van, and build a garage for their house.

Dupnik said the victim never gave Wingate permission to use her finances, have access to her trust or allow him to make changes to her will.

The Wingates were arrested and charged with theft from a vulnerable adult and fraudulent schemes and artifices.

The victim was moved to another adult care home where the Wingates cannot have contact with her.

The Arizona Department of Health Services will investigate this incident and determine what actions will be taken against the care center's license.



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