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By Christine Emerson
Observer Staff Writer 

34 Year Old Victorville Woman Sentenced for Scamming 78 Year Old Man

A conviction was obtained for a Victorville woman who swindled $200,000 from an elderly man in 2013.

 

A conviction was obtained for a Victorville woman who swindled $200,000 from an elderly man in 2013.

Shirley Chrissy Urick, 34, met the victim, a 78-year-old man, in a grocery store parking lot in the summer of 2013. She befriended him and told him her name was Gina Lee. With a series of clever lies, she convinced him she was in urgent need of money and would pay him back. This led to 16 months of "loans" from the victim to Urick. The victim even paid some of her living expenses.

Urick was arrested in January, 2016. Deputy District Attorney Elena Abramson of the Elder Abuse Section prosecuted the case. Urick may receive up to eight years in state prison when she is sentenced on August 23.

A 34-year-old woman was found guilty Tuesday of stealing more than $200,000 from an elderly man in a sweetheart scam, the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office announced.

Shirley Chrissy Urick, of Victorville, was convicted of three counts of theft from an elder, and jurors also found two excessive loss allegations to be true as well.

Deputy District Attorney Elena Abramson of the Elder Abuse Section prosecuted the case.

In July 2013, Urick met the 78-year-old victim in a grocery store parking lot and befriended him. Using the fake name "Gina Lee," Urick told him a series of lies, saying she needed money and would pay him back.

Over the next 16 months, the victim loaned Urick tens of thousands of dollars and also paid for some of her living expenses.

After an investigation by the Los Angeles Police Department's Topanga Division, Urick was arrested in January.

Urick is scheduled to be sentenced on Aug. 25 and faces up to eight years in state prison.

 

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