Cathy Areu, a journalist and former periodic Fox Information visitor generally known as the “Liberal Sherpa,” has been arrested in Miami on accusations that she kidnapped and financially exploited her aged mom.
Areu, 51, was booked right into a Miami jail early Friday on a number of felonies, together with kidnapping, aged exploitation and arranged scheme to defraud.
Miami-Dade police detectives had been attempting to arrest her since June, when a decide signed a warrant for her arrest. In line with a Miami-Dade State Legal professional’s Workplace press launch, she is believed to have been evading arrest and even took off to Mexico for a time.
Areu, who additionally goes by Cathy Areu Jones, remained jailed on Friday morning and it’s unclear whether or not she had retained a protection lawyer.
Investigators say they consider Areu might have made off with over $224,000 of her 88-year-old mom’s funds, together with proceeds of a reverse mortgage from the mom’s home. Investigators additionally consider Areu made financial institution withdrawals from her mom’s banks accounts and opened bank cards in her title.
The probe started in 2019 when state welfare investigators obtained a report that Areu was exploiting her mom. The aged girl’s dwelling had been turned over to Areu by way of a stop declare deed, a doc the sufferer denied ever signing, in response to the press launch. Areu later claimed that different folks had been exploiting her mom, and that the lady had mind injury or dementia, the report mentioned.
In line with her on-line profiles, Areu within the early 2000s was the publisher of Catalina magazine, which was “devoted to breaking the stereotypes of Latinos within the U.S.” On her Fox News bio, which stays lively on the community web site, she additionally claims to have been an contributing editor for the Washington Submit Journal between 2000 and 2012.
Dubbing herself the “Liberal Sherpa,” Areu is a podcaster and was a frequent liberal voice on Fox Information, the influential right-wing cable community.
However in July 2020, Areu and a community producer filed a lawsuit in opposition to among the the community’s highest profile personalities: Tucker Carlson, Ed Henry, Sean Hannity and Howard Kurtz. Areu, who was a periodic unpaid visitor on the community, alleged sexual harassment and a hostile work setting. A decide later dismissed the grievance, saying that as an unpaid visitor, she didn’t have authorized standing for the claims.
In line with the press launch, she can also be accused of utilizing a revoked energy of lawyer to twice involuntarily place her mom in an assisted residing facility “in an try to achieve management over her mom’s monetary belongings.”
Prosecutors say that on the primary event, Areu admitted her mom to a facility after making the lady consider she was happening an “ice cream outing” along with her granddaughters, who’re Areu’s kids. When the mom tried calling somebody for assist, Areu advised the ability to cease her from utilizing a cellphone or get guests, prosecutors mentioned.
On a second time, Areu and a cohort are accused of dragging the aged girl from her dwelling and transporting her to a different facility. Alarmed neighbors referred to as police after seeing the lady’s shoe within the driveway and the entrance door open, police mentioned.
Each instances, the aged girl was in the end launched from the services after the Florida Division of Youngsters and Households discovered she didn’t have to be within the properties.