Susana Duran, 38 of Tijuana, Mexico was arraigned in Harbor Justice Center in Newport Beach. Duran is charged with stealing the debit card and forging checks of the 92-year-old victim for whom she was providing care. Starting in January, 2008 Duran worked for Jane Doe commuting from her home in Tijuana to Orange County where the victim lived in Laguna Woods. Duran worked shifts up to 24 hours at a time and commuted daily.
Duran is accused of writing herself checks of over $39,000 from Jane Doe's checking account, making multiple $500 withdrawals from her debit card and using the debit card for personal purchases. The theft came to light after Duran called in sick and the replacement caregiver gave Jane Doe a bank statement that arrived in the mail that day.
Prosecutors charged Duran with 149 felony counts of unauthorized use of a debit card, 10 felony counts of forgery and a white collar crime enhancement for theft over $100,000. Duran faces up to 111 years in state prison with a minimum prison sentence of 2 years.
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