Raffeella Galing Gardner, 46, of
Gardner is scheduled to be sentenced
Gardner "deeply regrets any harm that she has caused and will certainly work hard in the future to pay back restitution owed," McAllister said.
Gardner was arrested in March following a lengthy investigation by the
The deed documents appeared to be signed by the property owner, 93-year-old
But a review by county officials determined that Laemmert had died a month before supposedly signing the documents that included the property in the trust.
"It ... appeared that both the signing and recording of the deed had occurred after
An investigator for the district attorney's office discovered that Laemmert's home was subsequently sold for
Although the trust documents appear to name Gardner as one beneficiary of many, the prosecution alleged she failed to distribute more than
Two years later, after the district attorney's office had made extensive inquiries, Gardner started distributing money to some beneficiaries, though not always the full bequests, according to the affidavit. Some listed beneficiaries received no gifts at all.
During the course of the investigation, the district attorney's office also found evidence that Gardner was using the credit card of another client -- a 73-year-old woman living in
Gardner remains in custody at the county jail pending sentencing.
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