Saturday, January 14, 2012

Daughter Accused of Swindling Mother Out of Her Home

Leilani Luahiwa stands accused of swindling her own elderly mother out of house and home.

Luahiwa was in a Victorville courtroom where the judge entered a not guilty plea on the woman's behalf and appointed her a public defender.

The 52-year-old caregiver is charged with theft and elder abuse, both felonies. She is being held on $100,000 bail.

"The elder abuse would cover all aspects of that. It could be physical, emotional, and in this case it's financial crime," said the San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department's Susan Rose.

The suspect's son, who did not want to speak on camera, says his mother is being falsely accused.

Investigators say the elderly often fall victim to financial abuse either because of health-related issues or because of their lack of knowledge about financial matters. They advise the elderly to look over any documents before signing them.

Full Article and Source:
Woman Accused of Stealing Elderly Mom's Home


Connie said...

I'm going to go out on a limb here and say we're not sure if the daughter was swindling or protecting.

Anonymous said...

Maybe she was taking the home out of her Mother's name to protect it from a nursing home?

Anonymous said...

Maybe there is an evil sister who has manipulated all these events for her own agenda. Leilani had lived with her mother for many years, acting as caregiver the later few years. A sister took the mother out of the home and never let any family talk with her mother. Lani & mom live just fine in the home the sister is now trying to sell.