A Florida woman confessed to stealing $2.8 million in life savings from an 87-year-old holocaust survivor she met online, NY Post reported.
Peaches Stergo reportedly convinced the elderly victim to deposit lump sums of money into her bank account on numerous occasions. The two reportedly met in 2017 on a dating website. Stergo initially started by asking the victim to borrow money to pay her lawyer who she claimed withheld funds from an injury settlement, according to the feds per the Post.
The 36-year-old woman is accused of using the funds to support her lavish lifestyle. According to the US Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York, Stergo purchased
“a house in a gated community, a Corvette, a boat, lavish vacations and designer items, including Rolex watches,”
they said in a Friday news release. Stergo went on to collect 62 checks totaling almost $3 million from the elderly man, reports reveal. She drained the man of his saving which eventually caused him to lose his apartment.
Stergo pleaded guilty to one count of wire fraud and faces up to 20 years in prison. She will also have to pay $2.8 million in restitution and relinquish the more than 100 luxury items she obtained including designer clothes, purses, and lots of jewelry, reports state.
“Peaches Stergo stole the life savings from an 87-year-old Holocaust survivor who was just looking for companionship. This conduct is sick – and sad,”
US Attorney Damian Williams said in a statement.
“… Thanks to the hard work of the FBI and this Office, Stergo is being held accountable for her fraud.”
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