A Tucson woman accused of taking millions of dollars from an elderly victim appeared in front of a judge for the first time tonight.
Donna Iman, 45, is charged with felony theft and fraudulent schemes. Police say
her victim is a 92-year-old man who believed Iman was in love with him.
Police say Iman met her 92-year old victim at St. Pius Church off Tanque Verde.
He was a dedicated parisioner. In fact it was his friends at church who encouraged him to call the police.
"A case like this is particularly heinous. She met the victim at church."
Police say Iman convinced the victim she was in love with him and that they were "spiritually married."
"In this case, it's very clear she preyed on his vulnerabilities," said Tucson Police Department Sergeant Maria Hawke. "Especially emotional vulnerability."
A spokesman for the unidentified victim says he is a retired military colonel, highly decorated widower, who, despite his millions, lived a very simple and frugal life.
modestly. His wife died in 1999. He was living in a trailer," said Bob Murray.
"Some could argue he willingly gave her money and at least initially believed he was helping a friend," Hawke said. "Somebody he liked and who loved him."
"Do you think she was really in love with him? Hah hah, not at all, not at all," Murray said. "She was after his money."
Police say over two years, Iman convinced the victim to give her more than $3 million.
First she needed a new car. Then it was a long list of medical problems.
Police say he started depositing $4,000 every month into her bank account, and this went on for the last two years.
In addition to that, he wrote her several checks on the side.
"She came up with stories that she needed a new pancreas," Murray said. "Pancreatic implants. She had tumors, serious types of cancer. Just a series of maladies."
Police say Iman used that money to buy land worth $375,000 where she was building a million dollar house.
Police say she also bought cars for her family
and got plastic surgery.
Documents filed in court indicate she said she would pay him back with money
she was getting after filing a lawsuit against Home Depot where something fell
on her head.
He did not know she had already received that money.
In addition to criminal charges, a civil lawsuit has also been filed against Iman tonight.
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