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Lois Risse, 101, alleges that a former caretaker "double crossed" her, successfully putting her Yucaipa home under his name and making off with $50,000 – half of her life’s savings. Jacob Rascon reports from Yucaipa for the NBC4 News at 6 p.m. on March 19, 2013. NOTE: In the original report, NBC4 did not indicate that a judge had ruled Neff correctly put his name on the deed. Next, a judge will determine the validity of the deed.
After a century of living, one might think Lois Risse would take it easy, but they would be wrong. The 101-year-old tends to her garden up to three hours a day, she said.
The hard work paid off. She had a beautiful home in Yucaipa and more than $100,000 in the bank.
But Risse alleges a family friend took advantage of her.
"All I know is he double-crossed me," Risse said.
In 1982, the same year her husband died, Risse said a man named Glen Neff offered himself as a caretaker.
"This is a very, very common, unfortunate experience," said conservator Melodie Scott, referring to a trend of elder abuse.
A judge appointed Scott to manage Risse's finances last year, when Neff successfully put Risse's home in his name. He had a handwritten deed that claims he paid for the property.
"He cannot come up with one receipt," Scott said.
Risse alleges that the deed is a forgery. And bank records suggest the caretaker took off with $50,000.
"I think he's a crook," Risse said. "He took everything I had. Every dime. My bank accounts, everything."
A few years ago, Scott alleged another man posing as a caretaker also took advantage of Risse.
"Take her to the bank," Scott said, "and withdraw $300 to $500 a day."
Neither man could be reached for comment Tuesday. Scott has sued Glen Neff and court cases are pending.
NOTE: In the original report, NBC4 did not indicate that a judge had ruled Neff correctly put his name on the deed. Next, a judge will determine the validity of the deed.
NBC4 left messages for Neff, but they were not returned by the time of publication.