Apr 03, 2014
By Scott Walker
Toronto police are warning older residents and their families to be wary as they investigate what they say is a case of elder abuse involving a 94-year-old woman and her housekeeper.
Norma Marshall says she hired Vera Nunes as a housekeeper four years ago. At some point, Nunes and her family moved in with Marshall unvited and put her in a small bedroom. Police say they spent her money and sold off her valuables.
Marshall’s pharmacist and the driver who delivered medication to the home became suspicious when a strange man began appearing at the door to receive the medication. Driver Firoz Jociat says he asked to see Marshall, found her in bed in a small room, and she appeared too frightened to answer his questions. He reported to pharmacist Selina Chang-Ying who contacted police.
Police Detective Valerie Dahan says, “Without members of the community coming forward and reporting things that are happening, we wouldn’t be able to help.”
Nunes and her husband are facing a number of charges, including theft and fraud.