ARLINGTON, Mass. — Police estimate a 24-year-old woman scammed an 84-year-old widower out of more than $100,000.
Anisa Llega started working for widower Donald Hodgins as a house cleaner in October, police said. The two became close as he also frequently visited restaurant where Llega was a waitress.
Llega allegedly convinced Hodgins to pay for her school loans, auto payments and other bills, police said.
Hodgins told WCVB that Llega also pretended her mother was sick and needed $500 for medicine. “She would thank me and tell me I was a wonderful guy for helping out,” Hodgins said.
Police say Llega even feigned a terminal brain tumor. Hodgins gave her $30K for surgery.
However, police discovered that while Llega was supposedly having surgery, she was actually in in Miami on vacation.
Police were notified of the scamming by a friend of Hodgins’.
Arlington police found and froze several bank accounts in Llega’s name. They estimate more than $100,000 was stolen from Hodgins.
Llega was charged with larceny over $250 in a single scheme and was held on $200,040 bail.