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Working in the family’s Corona home, Luz Tejeda developed a friendly relationship with the elderly victim.
By Forum Staff
Queens District Attorney Melinda Katz announced Friday that Luz and Rosendo Tejeda, of Manhattan,
have been charged with grand larceny and other crimes for allegedly swindling a disabled woman and her elderly
mother out of more than $500,000. The couple is accused of switching bank accounts to have the victim’s monthly
annuities deposited into their personal account between November 2016 through September 2020.
Rosendo Tejeda, 63, of Lenox Avenue was arraigned Wednesday before Queens Criminal Court Judge
Mary Bejarano on a complaint charging him with grand larceny in the second degree, criminal possession of
stolen property in the second degree and endangering the welfare of an incompetent person.
Luz Tejeda, 56, now of East 14th Street in Hazelton, PA., was arraigned late last night before Queens
Criminal Court Judge Bejarano on a complaint charging her with grand larceny in the second degree, criminal
possession of stolen property in the second degree, attempted grand larceny in the second degree, identity theft in
the first degree, scheme to defraud in the first degree and endangering the welfare of an incompetent person. The
defendants’ return date is February 5, 2021. If convicted, they both face up to 15 years in prison.
District Attorney Katz said, defendant Luz Tejeda was hired to coordinate home care for the 43-year-old
victim who was born deaf, blind, immobile and intellectually disabled. A lawsuit alleging medical malpractice
was filed on behalf of the victim and when a settlement was reached the cash was disbursed via monthly annuity
payments. Working in the family’s Corona home, defendant Luz Tejeda developed a friendly relationship with
the elderly mother. The senior – who does not speak or read English – trusted the worker and her husband and
signed documents giving the Tejedas shared guardianship of her daughter.
Continuing, according to the charges, in the fall of 2016 the defendants allegedly reached out to the
financial services company disbursing the monthly annuity and requested the deposits be diverted to their personal bank account. In June 2019, the defendants also submitted a letter supposedly written by the incapacitated victim
to change her physical address to their own Manhattan home.
In addition to the re-direction of annuity payments in excess of $500,000 to their own personal accounts,
according to the charges, defendant Luz Tejeda allegedly completed an application with Settlement Resources of
New York, Ltd to borrow more than $145,000 against the victim’s future annuity payments and further received
loan advances totaling $9,400 that were deposited into the defendant’s personal accounts.
This commencement of the criminal investigation stopped the disbursement of monies to the defendants
in September 2020.
DA Katz said the elderly mother was under the impression the monthly deposits had stopped due to the
financial institution filing bankruptcy. The scheme was discovered when a new, kind and compassionate health
care attendant attending to the elderly mother realized the household was not receiving monies to support the
mother and her incapacitated daughter and made a referral to the Queens County District Attorney’s Elder
If anyone believes they are being victimized, please call the Elder Fraud Unit at (718) 286-6578.