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Mother-daughter duo conned elderly man out of money, car, police say

November 11, 2011 | 10:29 am

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El Segundo police searched Friday for half of a mother-daughter duo that allegedly conned a 90-year-old man into giving them thousands of dollars in cash and expensive items, including a Mercedes-Benz.

Authorities arrested suspect Debby Frank, 52, last week at her tarot card reading business in Harbor City. Her 29-year-old daughter, Rosa, remained at large.

The elder Frank has been named as a suspect in similar schemes in San Diego County, said Det. Eric Atkinson. But in the El Segundo case, the mother and daughter are accused of exploiting a senior citizen during a two-week period for about $20,000 in cash alone.

Atkinson said the victim also received a bill Thursday from Best Buy for a $2,700 computer he does not recall buying. The alleged cons occurred from Oct. 14 to Oct. 29, Atkinson said.

The man also bought the suspects a $2,000 mattress in between stops at the bank, and authorities are attempting to return the $30,000 Mercedes M-350.     

“We’ve got evidence of them with him at the locations, being very heavy-handed in making him sign documents,” Atkinson said. “They go into the banks, standing next to him at the tellers, directing him on what to do and what to withdraw.” 

Authorities launched their investigation Oct. 29 after the victim, who was alone, tried to withdraw $10,000 from his bank account. Atkinson said the victim appeared confused at the time and could not explain where the money was going.

The victim lives alone, and police were trying to contact his family, which lives “quite a distance away,” Atkinson said.

“He’s definitely elderly and his memory isn’t as sharp as it used to be,” Atkinson said. “Definitely easily manipulated and very gullible when someone tries to befriend him."

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Photo: Debby and Rosa Frank. Credit: KTLA-TV

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