A pair of convicted felons accused of stealing money from an elderly couple and imprisoning one of the victims in their home were charged Friday with financial elder abuse and other felonies.
Wayne Kim Golden, 53, and his girlfriend, 52-year-old Annazette Rosia Shillings, both of Perris, were arrested Wednesday following a Riverside County Sheriff's investigation.
In addition to the financial elder abuse count, Golden and Shillings were each charged with burglary, identity theft and forgery.
Shillings posted a $95,000 bond and was released from the Robert Presley Detention Center in Riverside Thursday.
She's slated to be arraigned on Aug. 23.
Golden was arraigned today before Superior Court Judge Helios Hernandez,who scheduled a felony settlement for July 6 and left the defendant's bail set at $50,000.
Golden is being held at the Southwest Detention Center in Murrieta.
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According to sheriff's officials, the defendants' alleged illicit activity was reported by a social worker last month, leading to a weeks-long investigation that uncovered enough evidence to merit a criminal complaint.
Sheriff's Sgt. Curt Harris said that in August 2015, an 84-year-old woman was researching where to place her 94-year-old husband, who suffers from Alzheimer's disease, and found an advertisement by Shillings offering space and caregiver services at her house in the 1200 block of Friedman Street.
The victim, whose name was not disclosed, decided to place her husband in the home but continue to live in their residence in Menifee, Harris said.
He alleged that in April, Shillings paid an unannounced visit to the woman's residence and cajoled her into relocating to the defendant's home.
"Shillings grabbed the victim's house keys, car keys and checkbook,then drove her to the Perris residence and falsely imprisoned her by refusing to allow her to leave," Harris said.
"Approximately two weeks later, the female victim was able to communicate with a social worker from Riverside County Adult Protective Services.
During their telephone conversation, the victim convinced the social worker to pick her up and drive her home.
According to Harris, on returning to the Menifee house, the woman found obvious signs her belongings had been rifled and later discovered that the defendants had allegedly attempted to drain her and her spouse's bank accounts, as well as submitted falsified documents to Social Security intending to gain control over all their retirement income, including the man's veterans benefits.