Cleaning lady accused of stealing $50,000 from 89-year-old man
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (Jan. 7, 2016)-- Anyone who has elderly parents living by themselves should be warned after a woman was charged with stealing $50,000 from an 89-year-old man.
Marion County prosecutors say Maxine McDaniel was hired to clean the elderly man's apartment at the Crestwood South Apartment Complex on the City's south side.
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The victim does not have any living family, only close friends. When his friends and his power of attorney left town on vacation, authorities say McDaniel took full advantage of the situation.
McDaniel immediately took the elderly man to an attorney where she had him appoint her as his new power of attorney and changed his will to leave her with 90 percent of his estate.
Court papers also show, between August and October of last year, McDaniel took out more than $50,000 in cash from the victim's accounts.
She even sold his Masonic ring at a nearby pawn shop for $60.
The victim's neighbors are shocked.
"I think it's horrible, but they're out there," said Carol Bridges who remembers seeing McDaniel around the complex. She had no idea what the woman was really up to. "You have to be careful. We're old. They could do it to us."
The victim's friends suspected something was wrong when McDaniel cut them off from having any contact with him. They went to the authorities.
Prosecutors say McDaniel's own sister also turned her in.
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