Luciano Rosales: Strips 88-Year-Old Widow Of $1.3 Million, Blows It On Online Dating, Ballet
Ten years ago, a 77-year-old widow named Nola Grimes buried her son -- her last living blood relative. So when Luciano Rosales -- a 50-year-old employee of Grimes's business Cash Money, reported KHOU -- approached her that year and suggested she grant him power of attorney to help her manage her finances, she thought it sounded like a good idea, according to court documents.
Grimes fell ill seven years later, and Rosales deposited her in a nursing home and withdrew nearly all of her money, also according to court documents. For the next two years, Grimes claims, Rosales sold all her mutual funds, gradually depleted her checking and savings accounts, stole her social security checks, and failed to pay any of Grimes's medical bills or nursing home costs. Rosales officially turned into a Cash Money Millionaire.
By stealing more than one million dollars from Grimes, court documents claim, Rosales classed himself up with tickets to the ballet, designer clothes, alcohol, pet supplies, and profiles on various online dating sites. In a single month, Rosales withdrew more than $120,000 -- surely an amount that allowed for the finest Fancy Feast and eHarmony headshots.
Now, the 88-year-old widow claims she's left with less than $1,000 to her name. She's asking for $1,291,557.05 from Rosales.
Grimes also accused Rosales of fraudulently receiving a disability check from the government. She claims that he hasn't paid income taxes on the stolen money, and that there is "no evidence" that he's actually disabled.
Rosales was charged with fiduciary theft by the Harris County District Attorney's office and is being held without bond, according to KHOU. If guilty, the Cash Money Millionaire will have to suffer behind bars just a bit longer than Weezy did.
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