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Woman Arrested After Allegedly Defrauding Her Sick Father Out of $1,000

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ST. CROIX — A woman who allegedly defrauded her father out of $1,000 by taking him to an ATM machine to withdraw money, although she knew he suffers with Alzheimer’s and was incapable of providing consent, was arrested Thursday, the V.I.P.D. has announced.

According to the V.I.P.D., on August 15 detectives with the V.I.P.D.’s Economic Crimes Unit initiated an investigation into 45-year-old Wanda Reyes after a complaint was filed with the police department.

The investigation revealed that Reyes knowingly and intentionally defrauded her elderly father by taking him to Oriental Bank to conduct two separate cash withdrawals totaling $1,000, knowing that he suffers from Alzheimer’s and was incapable to provide consent. 

On Thursday at about 9:52 a.m., detectives with the Economic Crimes Unit executed an arrest warrant located at plot 62 Bethlehem Village, where Reyes was read her Miranda Rights and placed under arrest without incident. 

Reyes was transported to the Wilbur Francis Police Operation Building and subsequently processed by a forensic technician. She was charged with obtaining money by false pretenses, and grand larceny.

Unable to post bail of $20,000, Reyes was remanded to the John Bell Adult Correctional Facility pending her advisement hearing scheduled for Friday, December 9 at the V.I. Superior Court on St. Croix.

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