Thursday, March 21, 2013

Hollywood Couple Found Guilty of Elderly Exploitation

A former Hollywood stockbroker and her financial-planner husband were convicted on Tuesday of tricking a 94-year-old woman with dementia into signing over her $10 million estate, according to the Broward State Attorney's Office.

Cynthia Franke, 51, and Tyrone Javellana, 47, were found guilty of financial exploitation of an elderly person after two hours of jury deliberation, prosecutors said.

They were accused of befriending Josephine Troisi and her since-deceased sister Mary Teris and then becoming their financial advisors.

Experts testified Troisi lacked the capacity to make sound decisions when Franke took her to an attorney to change her will and her trust in 2009.

Troisi's son uncovered the exploitation and investigators found several transfers of between $400 and $32,000 from the sisters to Franke and Javellana, police said.

Franke and Javellana face up to 30 years in prison for the first-degree felony conviction. Their sentencing is scheduled for April 19. Javellana also faces another charge of exploiting Teris, prosecutors said.

Hollywood Couple Found Guilty of Elderly Exploitation


Thelma said...

What are their professional organizations doing to stop the stealing?

Anonymous said...

$10 million? Wow. I'm glad they were at least found guilty.

B Inberg said...

Geeez the greed, 30 years minimum I would give them life with no chance of parole and let the inmates have free time with them. People with criminal minds laying in wait wearing costumes sob's I would give them oak tree justice cheap adios crooks and save the taxpayers money on housing, clothing and feeding garbage.

honeybear said...

She surely doesn't look like she would be trustworthy. I know looks can be decieving.

Anonymous said...

It's sad that there are so many greedy people with no morals in the world.

Joecitizen said...

I had some limited involvement in this case, copying testamentary documents from the victims safe deposit box and submitting them as evidence in the trial. I can tell you that the prosecutor handling this, ASA Richard Sherman versus several defense attorneys by himself, did a terrific job and I look forward to the sentencing to see just how seriously the judge takes this. Joe Roubicek

StandUp said...

Glad to hear it Joe!

$10mil should get the judge's attention.

Anonymous said...

Ty was the mastermind. Cynthia had nothing to do with it