Women Conspire to Scam Woman, Cat Out of $450K

By the time authorities intervened, victim had just $2.16 in bank account
By Newsy, a Newser Video Partner
Posted Apr 21, 2014 2:28 PM CDT

(Newser) – An elderly Boston woman and her beloved tabby named Puddy Cat are out $450,000 in cash and property after making the wrong kind of friends. Randi Berkowitz, 63, and Patricia DiGiacomo, 58, are charged with more than 60 counts of embezzlement, larceny, and intimidation after they cleaned the 74-year-old woman and her cat completely out. Prosecutors say the two women befriended their victim and took care of her cat just to get access to the victim’s financial assets after learning the victim had created a "Puddy Cat Trust" in her will, setting money aside for lifetime care for the cat and donations to animal welfare agencies—money the women allegedly used to buy things like a $27,000 Mini Cooper, an iPad, exercise equipment, specialty kitchen items, and more.

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