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New Port Richey woman convicted of swindling elderly victim

NEW PORT RICHEY

Ex-caregiver convicted of swindling

A former caregiver was convicted in federal court this week of swindling funds from an 80-year-old woman. Authorities say Rebecca Moody, 61, falsely obtained power of attorney over the woman and used that to take out a fraudulent loan on the victim's home, which the woman owned outright. Moody also stole other money from the victim, who is deaf and legally blind. After a 12-day trial at the federal courthouse in Tampa, a jury convicted Moody on Thursday of wire fraud and transportation of stolen property, according to the U.S. Department of Justice. She faces up to 30 years in federal prison when she is sentenced Dec. 2.

NEW PORT RICHEY

Cleanup day planned Oct. 1

The city will hold a Neighborhood Pride cleanup day from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 1, with four sites where residents can drop off debris. The Dumpsters will be placed at:

•The city boat ramp at Main Street and South River Road

• Frances Avenue Park off Louisiana Avenue

• The former Red Apple School site at Grand Boulevard and Marine Parkway

• The city parking lot on the northwest corner of Central Avenue and Adams Street

City residents requesting to drop off debris will be required to present a current Florida driver's license to the city employee assigned to the site. A complete list of allowable materials and a map showing Dumpster locations can be found at www.cityofnewportrichey.org and at City Hall, the New Port Richey Library, the Recreation and Aquatic Center, and the Public Works Operations Center.

ODESSA

See vintage cars Sunday afternoon

The Cook family will open its privately owned antique car museum to the public from noon to 6 p.m. Sunday to support the Foundation for Early Learning in Pasco Hernando. Tour some of the most important innovations in American culture, with automobiles from 1915 to 1986 and antiques from the 1900s. Admission is free, and refreshments are provided. The museum is at Component General Inc., 2445 Success Drive. Donations will be accepted to support the Early Learning Coalition, which oversees the state's voluntary prekindergarten program for all families as well as subsidized child care programs for the working poor. For information about the foundation, visit www.phelc.org/foundation.html.

Note to readers:

For the latest crime listings, visit pasco.tampabay.com and click under "Weekly crime report."

New Port Richey woman convicted of swindling elderly victim 09/23/11 [Last modified: Friday, September 23, 2011 8:30pm]
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