Police in Coquitlam have arrested a 49-year-old Burnaby woman for allegedly stealing $270,000 from the bank account of an elderly woman she was taking care of.
Antonette Dizon was the long-time caregiver for a 91-year-old woman and her husband in Coquitlam over the past year. An investigation was launched by Coquitlam RCMP in late-April when the woman realized a substantial amount of money was missing from her bank account.
She was arrested with the assistance from the bank, which gave police surveillance photos from an ATM. The senior then identified the suspect in the photo as Dizon, who was arrested on May 30 following a search of her residence and is now facing a charge of fraud over $5,000. She has since been released on court ordered conditions, such as restricted access to any elderly care home facility.
“This was a person in a position of trust who saw an opportunity to benefit financially and took full advantage of the very people she was hired to care for,” said Cst. Jamie Phillipson in a statement. “This is a form of elder abuse, plain and simple.”
Dizon is scheduled to appear in court on June 27.