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Woman Accused of Stealing $10K from Elderly Woman Arrested

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SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WGGB) — A woman who police say stole $10,000 from an elderly woman has been arrested in Springfield.

Springfield Police Sgt. John Delaney explains that 56-year-old Linda Nadeau of Springfield was arrested on State Street around 8:15 a.m. Friday.

Nadeau is accused of stealing about $10,000 from an elderly Springfield woman, while the victim was working to sell her trailer in a city trailer park.

Investigators say that Nadeau contacted the victim about the sale and claimed to be undergoing a hardship. The victim reportedly felt bad for Nadeau and allowed her and her husband to stay at her home until a purported settlement came through.

Over the next several weeks, the victim’s bank, debit, and credit cards were stolen, during which time, police allege that Nadeau made withdrawals across the area, totaling $10,000 in cash.

Finally, police say that Nadeau told the victim that the settlement had came, that $83,000 was given to the victim’s real estate agent in South Carolina – where she had planned to relocate – and that the balance of her money from the purchase of the trailer would be waiting in South Carolina when the victim got there.

Upon checking with her realtor, it was then that the victim realized she had been swindled.

Nadeau is facing charges of larceny over $250 by a single scheme, larceny over $250 from a person over 60 years of age, and entering a dwelling at night without breaking by false pretense. She is scheduled to be arraigned Friday in Springfield District Court.

Investigators are asking for high bail because it’s alleged that Nadeau was planning to flee to South Carolina.

Delaney adds that the investigation remains active and ongoing with regards to other victims of Nadeau.


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