DA charges trio with defrauding disabled man of $250K

Three people who allegedly defrauded a developmentally disabled man out of more than $250,000 in 2004 are due in court Wednesday on charges of theft and money laundering.

District Attorney Kamala Harris issued a statement Tuesday alleging that Marissa Cruz, 29, of San Francisco, Dennis Cruz, 39, of Glendale and Maria Fe Valdez, 26, of Daly City, conspired to steal the proceeds of a home sale from a Daly City man who is dependent because of his disability.

According to the District Attorney’s Office, Marissa Cruz befriended the victim, a 50-year-old man living in Daly City, taking over many of the responsibilities for his care after the victim’s mother died. She allegedly helped the victim sell his house and take out loans to buy the San Francisco house she rented with her family.

Marissa Cruz and her two co-defendants then used their influence on the victim to drain his bank account of the proceeds of his home sale, according to Harris’s office. Marissa Cruz’s name was added to his account, Harris alleges, and she and her two co-defendantsproceeded to transfer virtually all the money into their accounts.

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