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Woman Accused of Stealing $10K from Elderly Woman Arrested


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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  • Nyrebel9

    I am so glad they arrested this pos! What a low-life! Mt heart goes out to the victim. I hope some of the money is recovered.

    • hvgjy

      Look at the difference in pics from this morning, she knows she’s in deep s***. LOL.

      • Nyrebel9

        Agreed! I look foward to her aging even more when she goes to trial! I just can’t understand how someone is so desperate to steal from another person like that. Everybody has money problems at some point in their lifes, but instead of finding a job or two, getting welfare etc, instead taking advantage of another person’s kindness. The thief has no morals or conscience to intentially steal, especially from an elderly person, which that was probably her life’s savings. Karma is going to punish her along with jail time!