A city welfare worker scammed her own daughter out of a $48,000 trust fund left by her late father, who was tragically shot to death during a robbery in Florida in 2006, according to a new lawsuit.
She learned late last year that her mother, Gloria Torres, allegedly tricked her into signing over the insurance money that she was supposed to receive at 18.
Nieves told Justice Rita Mella in Manhattan Surrogate’s Court on Friday that her mother presented her with documents in 2011. Torres convinced her daughter that the paperwork would simply freeze the account until she was 21, Nieves said.
Nieves agreed to sign the papers because she wanted to save the funds to pay for her education.
The Mercy College psych major told the judge, “I was under the impression that I was not closing the account, but extending it.”
Then in December, when she went to withdraw the funds from Chase Bank, she was told by a clerk that her mother had deposited the funds into her own account and closed her daughter’s account, according to a court statement by Nieves’ aunt Chassity Gonzalez.
Torres, who makes $35,000 a year as an eligibility specialist for the Human Resources Administration, was a no-show at court. “I refuse to give you any information,” Torres told The Post when contacted by telephone. The judge issued an order that Torres file paperwork within 30 days explaining what happened to her daughter’s money.
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Mom accused of scamming daughter out of $48K trust fund