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Editor: Gerry W. Beyer
Texas Tech Univ. School of Law

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Cat Trusts Thieves Charged With Embezzlement

Very Sad CatPuddy Cat, a 7-year-old tabby, was set to inherit a trust worth $450,000 from the cat’s owner, a 74-year-old woman with dementia who is living in a nursing home. The cat owner set up the trust in her will so that Puddy Cat would be taken care of after her death, and the remaining funds would go to animal welfare groups. The plan went wrong when neighbors of the cat owner allegedly embezzled from the ageing cat owner. Randi Berkowitz, and Patricia DiGiacomo, are currently facing charges of embezzlement, larceny, intimidation, and perjury, for draining the cat owner’s saving accounts for their own purposes rather than to care for Puddy Cat. They have pled not guilty, but the prosecution is prepared to present a case of serious elder abuse.

See Candice Naranjo, Tabby Cat Defrauded of $450,000 Inheritance, Kron 4, April 20, 2014.

Special thanks to Brian Cohan (Attorney at Law, Law Offices of Brian J. Cohan, P.C.) for bringing this article to my attention.


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