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Caregiver charged with exploiting man suffering from dementia

Hernando Today Hernando Today staff report
Published:   |   Updated: May 7, 2013 at 07:38 PM

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A 30-year-old Pasco County woman was arrested Nov. 28 on charges she bilked nearly $25,000 from an elderly man who is suffering from dementia.

Authorities said Joy Serini, who was a caregiver for the 91-year-old victim, conducted three fraudulent check and 97 fraudulent debit card transactions.

Serini, who fled the state when she learned of the investigation, was arrested at her mother's home in Tulsa, Okla., the report said. She was charged with exploitation of an elderly/disabled adult.

The victim's grandson, who has power of attorney and lives out of state, contacted the sheriff's office on July 29 after he noticed several suspicious transactions on his father's bank accounts.

Detectives examined the banks statements and then reviewed video from several of the transactions in question.

In each video Serini was indentified as the person making the fraudulent transactions, according to the report.

Authorities also spoke to the Serini's husband, roommate and close friends who all confirmed she was financially exploiting her employer by making various cash withdrawals and purchases using the victim's accounts, the report said.

Serini was transported from Oklahoma and arrived in Hernando County Jail on Thursday where she is being held on a $2,500 bond.

The victim has been removed from his residence and placed in an assisted living facility.

The victim plans to eventually relocate out of state to live with his grandson.

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