Florida Caregiver Accused Of Stealing $1 Million From Elderly Woman
On Tuesday, police arrested Marie Petit Louis for stealing close to $1 million from her elderly patient Annette Reff.
Petit Louis was charged with exploitation of the elderly of more than $100,000 and her bond was set at $250,000.
According the investigation, between 2010 and 2012 Petit Louis would misidentify herself as Reff, instructed investment officers to transfer money into a Wells Fargo savings account, and accompany Reff to the bank dozens of times, withdrawing amounts always under $10,000.
Withdrawals totaled $928,528.44.
The elderly patient had dementia, and according to doctors, her mental health took a downward spiral after the death of her husband.
Petit Louis was a regular at Florida’s Magic City Casino, earning membership to the casino’s High Rollers Club, where it is believed she went through $8 million over the two-year period.
The investigation began shortly before Reff died after her daughter realized large chunks of money were missing from Reff’s savings accounts.
The family hired Petit Louis from North Miami Beach’s Revital Medical Health Group.
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Source: The Florida Herald, “High Roller caregiver accused of swindling old woman of almost $1 million,” Sept. 3, 2014.