San Mateo County Times reported that a caregiver at a Menlo Park nursing home accused of stealing the checkbooks of two elderly residents in an embezzling scheme was sentenced in San Mateo County Superior Court to only six months in jail.

Ramil Panlaqui pleaded no contest to three felony counts of financial elder abuse in a deal with prosecutors that limited his punishment to two years in prison. He had been facing up to 10 years in prison on multiple felony counts, including residential burglary and elder abuse.

Panlaqui, who worked at Atherton Healthcare, stole the checkbooks of an 88-year-old resident and a 75-year-old resident and then wrote multiple checks from one victim’s account to the other’s before withdrawing the transferred money from the second account.  After Panlaqui’s arrest, authorities found a completed check from a third victim, according to prosecutors.

In addition to his six-month prison sentence, Panlaqui was ordered by a Superior Court judge to serve three years’ probation. He must also reimburse Wells Fargo and the Bank of America to replace the money stolen from the checking accounts.


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