NEW PORT RICHEY — A 61-year-old caregiver was arrested Thursday in West Virginia after a federal investigation said she swindled funds from an 80-year-old woman, who is deaf and legally blind.
A federal indictment says Rebecca Moody, formerly of New Port Richey, falsely obtained power of attorney over the woman, and used that to get a fraudulent mortgage loan on the victim's residence, without the victim's knowledge. The indictment also claims Moody stole other funds from the victim, who also lived in New Port Richey.
The case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Pasco County Sheriff's Office.
Moody was charged with one count of wire fraud and one count of transportation of stolen property in connection with a mortgage and other accounts belonging to the victim, according to the U.S. Department of Justice. If convicted, she faces up to 30 years in prison.