|For Immediate Release
Case # 09NF1793
November 17, 2009
|Susan Kang Schroeder
Public Affairs Counsel
FORMER CARETAKER TO BE ARRAIGNED FOR STEALING OVER $100,000 FROM DEVELOPMENTALLY DISABLED ADULTS
SANTA ANA – A former caretaker for developmentally disabled adults will be arraigned Thursday for stealing over $100,000 from her clients by writing checks from their accounts. Shandie Marie Lacsamana Rosete, 33, Placentia, is charged with 14 felony counts of caretaker theft from a dependent adult and sentencing enhancements and allegations for aggravated white collar crime over $100,000, loss over $100,000, and property damage over $50,000. She faces a maximum sentence of 19 years in state prison if convicted. Rosete is scheduled to be arraigned Thursday, Nov. 19, 2009, at 8:00 a.m. in Department C-5, Central Justice Center, Santa Ana.
Between January 2004 and December 2007, Rosete is accused of working as a caretaker for Project Independence, an Orange County non-profit that provides employment and independent living services to developmentally disabled adults. The defendant is accused of being entrusted to assist her adult clients with managing their money. Without the knowledge or consent of the victims, Rosete is accused of writing 663 checks to herself from the bank accounts of 14 developmentally disabled adults. She is accused of stealing over $100,000 from the victims.
The Anaheim and Garden Grove Police Departments began investigating the theft after a relative complained to Project Independence that someone was stealing from his developmentally disabled relative.
Rosete was held to answer to the charges at a preliminary hearing on Nov. 4, 2009.
Deputy District Attorney Sean O’Brien of the White Collar Crime Team is prosecuting this case.