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A grandmother who cheated a dementia sufferer out of her home is being deported back to New Zealand – despite not living here for more than 30 years.
Francesca Jean Marzella, 63, was convicted of “despicable” elder abuse after selling the home of an elderly neighbour and spending hundreds of thousands of dollars on a year-long holiday to Europe.
Despite not having lived in New Zealand since 1984 and being seriously ill with Crohns disease, Marzella is being deported after the Administrative Appeals Tribunal of Australia upheld an order from the Australian Minister for Immigration and Border Protection Peter Dutton.
Marzella’s offending began in 2004. She befriended the 89-year-old nursing home resident, who was her former next door neighbour, getting her to sign over her $520,000 home.
She sold the home on the internet for about $370,000 and transferred the stolen cash to an account in London.Marzella assumed different identities while on the run – obtaining Australian and British passports under the names Marilyn Gray Howitt and Taylor Scheaffer. She was eventually arrested when she returned to Australia in 2008.
She was charged with defrauding the elderly lady who was suffering from dementia after the woman had laid a complaint. The elderly victim Marguerite Stewart, 89, died in 2011. Read more »