Woman Arrested for Stealing from Her Elderly Uncle

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News from the Office of District Attorney George Gascón


September 1, 2016


CONTACT:  ALEX BASTIAN (415) 553-1931

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SAN FRANCISCO – Today, District Attorney George Gascón announced that a San Francisco woman is facing charges for stealing more than $66,000 from her 90-year old uncle.  Ramonia Ates, age 59, was arrested at her uncle’s home on August 30th where she has been living rent-free for several years. 

“Taking advantage of the elderly is incredibly cruel and callous,” said District Attorney George Gascón.  “Victims of these heartbreaking crimes are often vulnerable and they cannot help themselves, and they are often preyed upon by those depend upon.” 

Wells Fargo fraud investigators brought the case to the attention of Adult Protective Services after noticing numerous suspicious transactions on the victim’s accounts.  The victim reported the theft to the San Francisco Police Department with the help of Adult Protective Services.  According to court records, Ates intercepted the ATM card that was sent to her uncle in the mail in September 2014.  Ates then proceeded to withdraw more than $66,000 from her uncle’s checking and savings accounts.  

Ates was arraigned today in Department 11 on charges of theft from an elder adult, identity theft, grand theft by fraud, and possession of access card information.  She was released on her own recognizance and is scheduled to be back in court on September 14th for a prehearing conference.  The court issued a restraining order precluding her from going to any Wells Fargo Bank or contacting her victim uncle. 

The case was developed through an investigation conducted by Sergeant Avery Parker of the San Francisco Police Department in cooperation with the investigations unit at Wells Fargo Bank.  Assistant District Attorney Phoebe Maffei is the prosecutor assigned to the case.