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Caretaker Pleads Guilty to Stealing More Than $100,000 from Disabled

A former caretaker to the disabled pleaded guilty today to bilking clients of more than $100,000, officials said.

Marie Lacsamana Rosete, 34, of Placentia, allegedly wrote 652 checks to herself from the bank accounts of 14 developmentally disabled adults, authorities said.

She is expected to be sentenced in September to seven years in prison – and pay more than $102,000 in restitution, according to the Orange County District Attorney’s office.

One of her victims lived with her nearly-blind, 93-year-old aunt. The aunt had even asked Rosete for assistance with her finances, authorities said.

Instead, she helped herself by writing 11 checks to “cash” or herself.

“It’s disgusting to think that somebody would take advantage of those who can’t take care of themselves,” said Sgt. Rick Martinez. “Our investigators did a great job working with Garden Grove police and the District Attorney’s office to build a compelling case.”

She pleaded guilty to four counts of “theft from a dependent adult” and an enhancement for property loss over $100,000.

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