TUCSON, Ariz — A Tucson couple hired to care for an elderly man was handed a prison sentence after they defrauded the disabled victim to fund their own lavish trips and expensive amenities.
Michael Tagle Santos, 34, and Cherry Mae De Los Reyes-Santos, 28, pled guilty to charges related to exploiting their position as caregivers to steal from the 73-year-old victim.
Investigators said the couple disguised payments of medical care and wages to pay for cars, jewelry, home remodeling and even a trip to Las Vegas.
The crimes happened over the course of five years from 2013 to 2018.
Santos was given a 33-month prison sentence while De Los Reyes-Santos was given 16 months.
The investigation was handled jointly by the US Secret Service and the Pima County Sheriff’s Office.
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