Ninety-seven-year-old Grace Watanabe lived at Symphony Residences of Lincoln Park for eight years. She trusted the workers at her nursing home to help her, but her Public Guardian says some just helped themselves to her money.
Some of the staff members at the nursing home, named in a lawsuit, are accused of bilking Watanabe out of more than $600,000, according to ABC 57 News.
Cook County’s acting Public Guardian says he has never seen anything like this one before and is trying to fight to get her half a million dollars back, while Chicago Police investigate the incident.
“The people who were being paid to take care of her and protect her stole a vast bulk of her life savings,” said Cook County Public Guardian, Charles Golbert.
Acting Cook County Public Guardian Charles Golbert filed a lawsuit Thursday, hours after being appointed to Watanabe on an emergency basis.
The lawsuit states she has dementia and is unable to make financial decisions since at least 2016. Golbert says red flags went up earlier this year when her bank noticed large checks being written from her account.
“How large is large?” WBBM's Dana Kozlov questioned.
“Tens of thousands of dollars,” Golbert replied. One check was written for $40,000 and another one for $50,000, all written to Symphony employees or their children.
Read the full story at ABC 57 News.