Tuesday, October 15, 2013
Penelope Veronikis, 51, daughter Barbara Paxos, 28, and former Emmaus Diner owner Hristos “Chris” Dimou, 51, allegedly stole over $260,000 from 90-year-old Emmaus woman Queen E. Hersch. After learning virtually everything she owned had been stolen from her, Hersch died of a “broken heart.”
Veronikis allegedly changed Hersh’s will, making herself sole beneficiary, maxed out two credit cards in Hersh’s name, sold Hersh’s Poconos vacation home for $170,000, and cashed Hersh’s Social Security checks. Veronikis allegedly gave $135,000 to her daughter, bought then-boyfriend Dimou a 1974 muscle car, and used some of the money on plastic surgery, credit card payments, and department store trips.
Veronikis claims she developed a mother-daughter relationship with Hersh after taking care of her and that she had Hersh’s permission for all of these actions.
See Kevin Amerman, Trial Begins for Trio Charged with Bilking Elderly Emmaus Woman, The Morning Call, Oct. 9, 2013.