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Caregiver sentenced for stealing from Pearl Harbor survivor

April 12, 2012 |  7:02 pm

Arnold Bauer

A 63-year-old woman was sentenced Thursday to two years in county jail after pleading guilty to stealing more than $7,000 from a Pearl Harbor survivor found living in filth.

Milagros Angeles was the caregiver for 93-year-old Arnold Bauer, who was found dazed and in poor physical shape when authorities visited his home in El Cajon in January 2011. He was clutching his most prized possession, a picture of the repair ship Vestal on which he was serving during the Japanese attack on Dec. 7, 1941.

Angeles had been writing checks on Bauer's accounts and sending the money to family members in the Philippines, prosecutors said.

Bauer, suffering from prostate cancer and dementia, was taken to the Veteran Affairs hospital and later to a nursing home for veterans; he died in November. Angeles pleaded guilty to forgery and elder abuse in the El Cajon branch of San Diego County Superior Court.


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Photo: Arnold Bauer. Credit: Parks Stephenson