OCDA SEEKING POTENTIAL ADDITIONAL VICTIMS OF CARETAKER ACCUSED OF STEALING APPROXIMATELY $1 MILLION FROM 88-YEAR-OLD MAN WITH DEMENTIA
SANTA ANA, Calif. – The Orange County District Attorney’s Office (OCDA) is seeking potential additional victims of a caretaker accused of stealing approximately $1 million from an 88-year-old man with dementia.
Ignacio Conlu Barandiaran, 35, Long Beach
Charged on Nov. 9, 2017, with the following felony counts:
(16) Caretaker theft from elder 65 years of age and older
First degree burglary
(18) Property loss/damage over $65,000
(18) Aggravated white collar crime over $100,000
25 years in state prison
Nov. 20, 2017, 8:30 a.m.
Department H-7, Harbor Justice Center, Newport Beach
Circumstances of the Case
At the time of the crimes, the defendant is accused of being in a position of trust as an in-home caretaker for Frank F., an 88-year-old man with dementia.
Between December 2015 and March 2017, the defendant is accused of stealing nearly $1 million from the victim by depleting his bank accounts, burglarizing his home, and making purchases on his credit cards. He is accused of spending the victim’s money to make personal purchases including but not limited to vehicles, narcotics, gasoline and fast food.
Barandiaran is further accused of making the victim sign over his power of attorney to him, which medical experts later determined the victim did not have the capacity to sign or understand what he was doing.
The defendant is accused of taking out a reverse mortgage on the victim’s home in Mission Viejo and attempting to sell the property without the victim’s knowledge or consent.
On Nov. 13, 2017, the Orange County Sheriff’s Department, who investigated this case, arrested the defendant on the arrest warrant.
The investigation in this case is ongoing. Anyone with additional information or who believes they may have been a victim of the defendant is encouraged to contact OCDA Supervising Investigator Damon Tucker at (714) 648-3615.
Prosecutor: Senior Deputy District Attorney Marc Labreche, Major Fraud Unit