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Niece, 54, accused of taking $339,000 from aunt's bank account

LUTZ

Report says niece, 54, stole aunt's $339,000

A 54-year-old woman is accused of draining her 82-year-old aunt's bank account of $339,000 between June 2009 and January 2010.

Wanda Jean Seale of Lutz moved her aunt from Fort Lauderdale to Pasco County after her aunt was in a car accident and could not care for herself, a report states. Seale lived next door to the aunt in a mobile home while she spent her money, the Pasco Sheriff's Office said.

Seale denied taking the money for her own benefit, the report states. She was arrested Friday and charged with exploitation of an elderly person. As of Saturday, she was being held in the Pasco jail in lieu of $30,000 bail.

DADE CITY

Mexican charged with beating his girlfriend

A woman was upset with her boyfriend Friday night because she was jealous of his dealings with another woman. She refused to go to bed.

So, in response, the boyfriend beat her with a leather belt, according to the Dade City Police Department. When officers arrived at the home on Magnolia Avenue at 9 p.m., they asked the man how his girlfriend's injuries were caused.

She must have "struck herself with the belt several times because she was angry at herself for being a jealous girlfriend" said Claudio Martinez-Garcia, 23, according to a report.

Martinez-Garcia, who is in the country illegally from Mexico, was arrested and charged with battery. The girlfriend — who is also the mother of Martinez-Garcia's son — told officers he previously held a knife to her throat.

He's being held at the Pasco jail, awaiting immigration officials.

BAYONET POINT

Two teen girls charged in arson at drugstore

Acting on a dare, two teenage girls threw firecrackers into a Walgreens and set the store on fire about 3:30 a.m. Jan. 4.

No one was injured at the store at 12028 Majestic Blvd., which is open 24 hours a day. The fire torched the tile and carpet before it was extinguished, causing $5,000 in damage, according to the Pasco Sheriff's Office.

The two girls — ages 16 and 17, are not being named by the Times because they are minors — were arrested Friday and charged with arson at a public and occupied building. The 17-year-old is from Hudson and the 16-year-old is from Shady Hills.

Niece, 54, accused of taking $339,000 from aunt's bank account 01/29/11 [Last modified: Saturday, January 29, 2011 2:36pm]
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