AUGUSTA, Maine (NEWS CENTER) - - DHHS said at least a dozen elderly Androscoggin residents have been exploited by one woman.
According to DHHS, an Androscoggin Grand Jury indicted Tanya Boutelle on various counts of theft by deception totaling more than $150 thousand dollars.
“Over the last two years, authorities claim Boutelle would establish a relationship with the victims and proceed to create various scenarios where she needed to borrow money. In addition to the $150,000 in stolen money, authorities say Boutelle stole items from the victims’ homes," stated in the press release.
Officials said this case was brought to light after the Department’s Fraud Investigation and Recovery Unit (FIRU) began investigating Boutelle for welfare fraud.
“Investigators had discovered the 54-year old woman was not reporting her income to the State thereby receiving an excess of $3,700 in welfare benefits she was not entitled to,” said police. Boutelle was indicted on those charges, DHHS said.
According to the press release, it was a collaboration between The Department’s Fraud Investigators working closely with DHHS Office of Aging and Disability Services (OADS) that allowed investigators, law enforcement, and prosecutors to locate the alleged victims of this case and assist in bringing charges forward.
Law enforcement officials said they anticipate that more victims will come forward in addition to the dozen already identified.
officials said members of the Department will be discussing the importance of the FAST program and the resources available to detect, assist and prosecute those who commit crimes against the elderly.
At least a dozen elderly Androscoggin residents have been exploited by one woman
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