Jury Finds Tucson Woman Guilty Of Defrauding Elderly Couple

Cynthia Renae Ortiz [Photo courtesy the Arizona Attorney General's Office]

TUCSON – Cynthia Renae Ortiz has been convicted on 21 felony counts for defrauding an elderly couple out of more than $80,000. Ortiz is facing a prison sentence of between 4.5 and 30 years.

Ortiz, of Tucson, was found guilty of a jury in Pima County Superior Court of 2 counts of Fraudulent Schemes and Artifices, 11 counts of Taking the Identity of Another, five counts of Forgery, and one count each of Aggravated Taking the Identity of Another, Theft, and Theft from a Vulnerable Adult.

According to the Arizona Attorney General’s Office, in 2014, Ortiz promoted herself as a caregiver to an elderly Tucson woman who needed respite care for her husband who was being treated for lung cancer, dementia, and renal failure. Within 60 days of hiring Ortiz, the husband passed away from his illnesses, and Ortiz offered to “assist” with estate paperwork.

After the wife suffered a disabling injury that left her near death, Ortiz not only stole one of the husband’s credit cards to make multiple fraudulent purchases, but she also stole the husband’s identity to rent a home and open a different credit card.

Ortiz also stole the wife’s identity to open yet another credit card, where she charged over $42,000, and then used the wife’s money to pay it off. Beyond the credit cards, Ortiz stole death benefit checks payable to the wife and liquidated stocks that had belonged to the husband before he died.

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