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94-year-old woman duped out of her life savings

Times Colonist (Victoria) - A husband and wife are facing charges after Toronto police say a 94-year-old woman was duped out of her life savings. Police said Norma Marshall, who lived alone, hired a housekeeper about four years ago and that over the years, the housekeeper became more involved in her daily activities and finances. It's alleged that the housekeeper's family - including her husband and two young children - moved into Marshall's home in early March, confining the woman to a smaller bedroom and selling off much of her furniture and jewelry. Police allege Marshall was defrauded of most of her life savings - about $25,000 - and that the housekeeper never had any intention of emigrating with her. Vera Nunes, 32, and her husband, Luis Serpa Da Conceicao Santos, 38, both of Toronto, are each charged with two counts of mischief under $5,000 and mischief interfering with property. Police arrested the couple last week after being contacted by Marshall's pharmacist, who became suspicious. Officers went to the home to check on the senior.