DARIEN, Conn. -- A Greenwich woman repeatedly tried to empty out more than $200,000 from a man's account at a bank in Darien by falsely claiming she was his step-daughter and had power of attorney, according to police.
Darien Police received a report on May 13 from the Wells Fargo Bank on Post Road in Darien that for about two weeks, a woman had been coming in and trying to get access to a customer's account. The woman, later identified as 25-year-old Yessenta Perez of Greenwich, told employees that she was the account holder's step-daughter and that she had been given power of attorney over his affairs, police said.
Perez provided what she purported to be supporting documentation, and said that she was to close out the account and be given the balance, which amount to over $200,000, police said. The bank's legal department denied the paperwork several times and did not grant the request.
Police made contact with the account holder, who was currently living at America's Best Value Inn in Stamford. He told police that he had met Perez about two weeks earlier, and allowed her to stay with him after she got into a fight with her roommate, according to police reports.
The man told police that he is in failing health, and did not give any permission to Perez regarding his personal affairs, police said.
A warrant was granted for Perez's arrest, and on Tuesday, May 16 she was taken into custody at the America's Best Value Inn. She was charged with criminal attempt at first-degree larceny and release on a promise to appear in court on May 30.
The state Department of Social Services was notified of the incident and is following up with the victim.
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