WESTPORT — A home health aide, hired to help provide round-the-clock care for a 92-year-old Westport resident, and her accomplice are accused of stealing more than $129,000 from the elderly woman’s financial accounts.
Lisbeth Aldiva, 29, of Bridgeport, and Hiram Mojica, 34, of Hartford, were arrested Tuesday and face a long list of criminal charges.
Police began investigating the case in June when the elderly woman’s daughter reported that she discovered money was missing and suspicious charges were posted to her mother’s debit card.
After reviewing her mother’s accounts, she told police a total of $129,180.75 was missing, according to the report.
Aldiva was one of two health aides providing care in the 92-year-old’s home at the time, but both were replaced after suspicions about the theft arose.
As investigators probed the alleged theft and fraudulent transactions, they learned Aldiva was apparently in a relationship with Mojica.
During the period of June through September, police said Aldiva and Mojica were recorded on video surveillance making more than 90 fraudulent ATM withdrawals.
Investigators, using additional evidence gathered through search warrants and telephone transcripts, learned that new accounts had been opened by Aldiva in the elderly woman’s name.
Arrest warrants subsequently were issued for Aldiva and Mojica, and both were charged Nov. 15 with the following offenses: first-degree larceny and conspiracy to commit first-degree larceny, first-degree forgery and conspiracy to commit first-degree forgery, telephone fraud and conspiracy to commit telephone fraud, illegal use of a credit card and conspiracy to illegally use a credit card, criminal impersonation and conspiracy to commit criminal impersonation, fraudulent use of an automated teller machine and conspiracy to commit fraudulent use of an automated teller machine, and first-degree identity theft and conspiracy to commit first-degree identity theft.
Additional charges were lodged against Mojica after police said that, as he was being booked, they discovered he was in possession of suspected heroin/fentanyl and a pipe commonly used to smoke crack cocaine.
Those charges include: possession of a controlled substance and drug paraphernalia, tampering with evidence, interfering with an officer and second-degree failure to appear on an outstanding warrant from Waterbury police.
Bond for Aldiva was set at $250,000 and $265,000 for Mojica.
Neither of the accused was able to post their bond, and both were transported Wednesday for arraignment at state Superior Court in Stamford.