Temple City resident accused of defrauding elderly woman

LONG BEACH — A Temple City woman accused of stealing millions of dollars from a 74-year-old Long Beach woman who had a stroke and hired her as a caretaker remained at large Saturday, as Long Beach police asked the public for help in catching her.
Li Ching Liu, 54, of Temple City, who also goes by the name Susan Liu, allegedly “withdrew large amounts of cash” from the victim’s bank accounts and even arranged the sale of a Westminster strip mall the victim once owned and relied upon for monthly income, according to the Long Beach Police Department.
The victim had amassed a personal fortune from investments in commercial real estate, until she had a stroke in February January 2002, police said.
She hired Liu to help her with daily activities, but the caretaker isolated the woman from her family, friends and business contacts and then allegedly started draining her bank accounts.
Authorities said she laundered some $4 million dollars and purchased jewelry, a Porsche SUV and a home in Temple City.
Liu’s husband and son were convicted of financial elder abuse last year, but authorities have never been able to find Liu, police said.
Investigators believe Liu may be hiding in the Los Angeles area, where she may be enrolled in a nursing school or providing care to other seniors.
Liu is Chinese, 5 feet 4 inches and about 150 pounds. Police believe she has a gambling habit and frequents several casinos including Pechanga, Harrah’s, the Bicycle Club and Pala.<NO1><NO>

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