Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Scuzzbucket of the Week



A woman has been booked with theft for allegedly stealing money from a woman with Lou Gehrig's Disease that she helped take care of, Kenner police said.

Cherri A. Desporte, 43, lived in the victim's house in Kenner between July 2007 and May 2009, according to a police report.

The victim entrusted Desporte with a power of attorney to pay her home mortgage and medical expenses with medical disability benefits that were directly deposited into an account she shared with Desporte, according to police.

The disability benefits were more than enough to cover her expenses, said Lt. Wayne McInnis, Kenner Police Department spokesman.

The victim learned about the alleged theft when her mortgage was in foreclosure because of 23 failed payments, the police report said. An investigation revealed $9,093.63 in unpaid bills and a negative balance in the shared account, the report said.

The report did not list the total amount allegedly stolen.

Desporte referred calls to her attorney, Robert Levenstein, who could not be reached Tuesday.

ALS is a debilitating neuromuscular disease that causes muscle weakness and atrophy, according to ALS Association Web site. With ALS, the ability of the brain to initiate and control muscle movement is lost. Patients in the later stages of the disease may become paralyzed.

The victim used a computerized eye response system to indicate to police that she wanted to pursue charges against Desporte, the police report said.

Desporte was booked Wednesday and released Thursday on a $10,000 bond, according to court records.

I hope she rots in hell

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