A Myrtle Creek lady befriended an aged Canyonville man after which stole cash and priceless private belongings from him, together with his rings and a watch, based on a grievance filed Friday in Douglas County Circuit Courtroom.
The grievance, filed by Pleasure Nigro, as the non-public consultant of the property of Edward C. Curtiss, seeks $270,000 from Heddy Poncho, 60, a Myrtle Creek lady who additionally goes by the title Heddy Botts.
In keeping with the grievance:
Leona and Edward C. Curtiss executed wills that have been duly recorded. Leona Curtiss died in January 2019 and Edward Curtiss died in September 2020. He was 90.
Poncho had a “confidential relationship” with Edward Curtiss earlier than his dying within the type of offering transportation and caregiving providers. Curtiss relied on Poncho for rides to docs’ appointments, buying, and to conduct his private enterprise.
In August 2018, earlier than the dying of Leona Curtiss, Edward Curtiss added Poncho as a dying beneficiary to his private checking account. Poncho then exerted “undue affect” and, whereas Curtiss was nonetheless alive, wrongfully took $20,000 from his checking account and had her title placed on the title to Curtiss’ car as a joint proprietor with proper of survivorship, based on the grievance.
Following Curtiss’ dying, Poncho took Edward Curtiss’ rings, pockets, watch and checkbook, in addition to Leona Curtiss rings, the grievance stated.
“Suspicious circumstances encompass the adjustments to Mr. Curtiss’ checking account, the naming of (Poncho) because the proprietor of his private car and (Poncho’s) receipt of $35,000 from Mr. Curtiss,” the grievance states.
Poncho exercised “full dominion” over all the gadgets she allegedly took and will pay again the complete worth of them, based on the grievance. Nigro, as the non-public consultant of the property of Edward Curtiss, is the rightful proprietor, the grievance stated. Nigro, who additionally goes by the title Pleasure Newberry, lives in Illinois, based on courtroom data.
“Regardless of calls for by plaintiffs for the return of Mr. Curtiss’ private property and the monies from Mr. Curtiss’ private checking account, defendant is unable or refuses to return the property,” the grievance stated.
“Defendant maintained a confidential relationship with Mr. Curtiss and used that relationship to deliberately intrude with Mr. Curtiss’ property plans, to the detriment of Mr. Curtiss’ property and his belief,” the grievance stated. “Defendants actions represent the wrongful taking of Mr. Curtiss’ property and constitutes monetary abuse of an aged particular person.”
The grievance seeks $50,000 for “aid for conversion,” $165,000 for elder abuse and $55,000 for the cash allegedly taken from Cutriss’ checking account and checking account, for a complete of $270,000.
Poncho had not been served with the grievance as of Friday afternoon and had not had a possibility to assessment it or reply, based on courtroom data.
Nigro is represented by lawyer Ronald L. Sperry III, with the Roseburg agency DC Legislation Places of work of McKinney & Sperry PC.
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