Newspaper article The Canadian Press

B.C. Caregiver of Elderly Couple Gets Jail, Probation for Taking $260,000

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

B.C. Caregiver of Elderly Couple Gets Jail, Probation for Taking $260,000

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B.C. caregiver gets jail for $260,000 theft

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PORT COQUITLAM, B.C. - A judge has sentenced a caregiver who built a close relationship with an elderly couple in Port Coquitlam, B.C., to 12 months in jail for stealing $260,000 from them.

Antonette Dizon was sentenced in provincial court on Dec. 13 after pleading guilty to one count of fraud over $5,000.

She admitted to almost daily withdrawals of up to $1,000 from the accounts of Henry and Helen Abfalter between January 2015 and April 2016 as she helped them with their daily needs, including banking.

The thefts continued for months after Henry Abfalter died in September 2015 and Dizon had stopped working for the couple, who were in their late 80s.

Court heard that Dizon, who is 50 years old, used the money to buy a new car, paid tuition for her daughter and sent money to family in the Philippines. …

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