A Wichita Falls woman is jailed on a $500,000 bond after police say she scammed an 85-year-old man out of more than $90,000 of retirement funds, which he thought was for her medical bills.
Mary Ann Warren, 61, was booked into jail Tuesday after an investigation by Adult Protective Services.
A second woman, Warren’s sister, was arrested Wednesday in connection with the same case. Sandy Lujan, 52, of Scotland, was also charged with exploitation of the elderly. As of press time her bond is not yet set.
The Adult Protective Service investigation began after the victim’s son filed a report stating his father’s retirement income was disappearing at an alarming rate.
The investigator reported about $33,000 in checks and $58,000 in cash withdrawals were taken from March to August.
The checks were made out to Warren.
The investigator noticed the victim has short-term memory loss and diminished mental capacity, which was confirmed by his doctor.
The affidavit states the victim met Warren at a casino and alleges Warren is in the process of getting a divorce from her husband of two years which involves splitting of four farms and she is romantically involved with a second man, while she was scamming the current victim.
The investigator says the victim thought he was helping Warren with medical bills and pills which costs $100 each but said Warren could not remember her doctor’s names and could not produce any prescriptions or receipts and does not know if she is cured of her undisclosed illness.
Warren said she got money from the victim on a weekly basis and shared some with her sister.
The investigator said the scam threatens to cause the failure of the victim’s retirement funds.