Tuesday, June 19, 2018
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Hudson woman stole $100,000 from grandfather for Cozumel cruise, deputies say

HUDSON — Two women were arrested Wednesday after, deputies say, they stole more than $100,000 out of a 91-year-old man's bank account and went on an extravagant spending spree.

Since June, Jennifer Lynn DaSilva, 35, worked as the caregiver for her grandfather who has dementia, a Pasco Sheriff's report states. She talked him out of a 2006 Saturn and into adding her to his bank account.

DaSilva and her girlfriend, Billie Jo Ermlich, 42, took the more than $100,000 from the account, the report states, spending it on jewelry, sunglasses, motel rooms, tickets to Busch Gardens, trips to Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and a cruise to Cozumel, Mexico.

The grandfather's bank notified adult protective investigators at the Department of Children and Families that his account was hemorrhaging with money transfers via smart phone and hundreds of ATM withdrawals.

Investigators went to the grandfather who was clueless about the withdrawals. He told them DaSilva handles his money and he thought the bank required his signature before she could take money out. Reports say he could not remember the current day, year or president.

Detectives arrested DaSilva and Ermlich, both of 12940 Kellywood Circle, each on a charge of exploiting the elderly over $100,000.

DaSilva has a handful of previous arrests on charges such as forgery, credit card fraud and petty theft. Ermlich has prior arrests on charges of obtaining property with a worthless check and possession of a controlled substance.

Both remained in the Land O'Lakes jail Thursday in lieu of $50,000 bail each.

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