Shandie Marie Lacsamana Rosete Guilty of Stealing $100,000 From Developmentally Disabled Adults and a Client's Blind 93-Year-Old Aunt

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Shandie Marie Lacsamana Rosete turned up both in our vision of hell and our Christmas holiday round-up of folks convicted or accused of ripping off charities and the needy people they serve.

Today, the 34-year-old Placentia resident pleaded guilty to four counts of stealing more than $100,000 from 14 developmentally disabled clients--*and one client's 93-year-old, nearly blind aunt!

Rosete had been the caretaker for Project Independence, an Orange County nonprofit that provides employment and independent living services to developmentally disabled adults. She was entrusted to help her adult clients manage their money, set up checking accounts, pay bills, write checks and make deposits.

But, without her clients' knowledge or consent, Rosete wrote the 652 checks to herself from the bank accounts of 14 developmentally disabled adults.

Shandie Marie Lacsamana Rosete Guilty of Stealing $100,000 From Developmentally Disabled Adults and a Client's Blind 93-Year-Old Aunt

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One victim even lived with Rosete: *One client who lived with her 93-year-old, nearly-blind aunt asked Rosete to help the elderly woman with her finances. Rosete wrote 11 checks to herself or "cash" from the 93-year-old's account.

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 pleaded guilty today to four felony counts of caretaker theft from a dependent adult and a sentencing enhancement for property loss over $100,000.

She is expected to be sentenced to seven years in state prison and ordered to pay more than $102,000 in restitution at her Sept. 10 sentencing in Santa Ana.


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