Calgary business owner charged in defrauding an elderly woman

Calgary business owner charged in defrauding an elderly woman

A Calgary business owner specializing in aiding seniors and vulnerable individuals has been charged with defrauding an elderly woman of hundreds of thousands of dollars.

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A Calgary business owner specializing in helping seniors and vulnerable people has been charged of defrauding an elderly victim of hundreds of thousands of dollars.

On Wednesday afternoon, the Calgary Police Services (CPS) said in a release the victim suggested the suspect to become her power of attorney in December 2016 because they were friends.

Police believed the suspect swindled more than $350,000 from the victim after the suspect began controlling the victim’s money between December 2016 and August 2020.

The victim reported the missing finances to the police in October 2021 and the CPS response team began a 14-month investigation.

Police said they have charged Valerie Dorothy Mackenzie, 62, with one count of theft over $5,000, one count of fraud over $5,000 and one count of laundering proceeds of crime.

Mackenzie is the owner of Making Space Professionals, a Calgary business that aims to help seniors and vulnerable individuals downsize and organize their homes.

She is scheduled to appear in court on Tuesday, Jan. 31.

“This was an incredibly unfortunate situation for the victim, who was taken advantage of for several years by someone who was believed to be trustworthy,” said Det. Hal Quaidoo.

“We are asking anyone who may have been victimized in a similar manner to contact police.”

Source: Paula Tran

Original Article: https://globalnews.ca/news/9387594/calgary-business-owner-charged-defrauding-elderly-woman/

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