East Palo Alto woman allegedly scammed elderly aunt, pleads 'not guilty'

Niece is charged with misappropriating up to $80,000, stealing house from impaired woman

An East Palo Alto woman who allegedly got her 96-year-old aunt to sign over her home pleaded not guilty to a charge of elder financial abuse on Friday, Nov. 11, according to the San Mateo County District Attorney's Office.

Shirley Venoya Remmert, 69, lived in her aunt's home and provided care. The aunt was diagnosed with mild cognitive impairment in February 2015, and Remmert was notified, according to the DA's office.

Remmert allegedly had her aunt sign a quitclaim deed to the house in June 2015 and recorded the deed in January 2016. She allegedly isolated the aunt from other family members, who notified the aunt’s bank that Remmert might be abusing her. The bank reported the claim to San Mateo County Adult Protective Services, according to the DA's office.

An investigation by the Public Guardian’s Office, Adult Protective Services, and East Palo Alto Police alleged that Remmert withdrew somewhere between $40,000 and $80,000 from her aunt's bank account and had secreted the money in the home without the elder woman's knowledge or permission. The aunt had no idea she signed a quitclaim deed and believed she still owned the house. She thought the paperwork was to guarantee that the house and her other assets would be divided among family members when she passes away, the DA's office said.

The case is set for a pretrial conference on January 31, 2017, and for a jury trial on March 27, 2017. Remmert remains in custody on $100,000 bail, and the court has issued an order requiring the her to prove a legitimate course for funds for release on bail that cannot be from the money allegedly taken from the victim. Remmert is representing herself in court with stand-by defense counsel.


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Posted by kh
a resident of another community
on Nov 16, 2016 at 11:49 am

Those who abuse the elderly in any way are the bottom feeders of our society. It seems many families have simlilar stories. At 69, let's hope what goes around comes around for Shirley Remmert. With that said where were the other family members? Clearly they were not too concerned about their Aunt's welfare, the bank reported the abuse, not the family. Despicable.

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Posted by Working Man
a resident of another community
on Sep 28, 2017 at 9:50 am


The article does not present all the information about this case. I and my sisters were very much involved with bringing this case to trial. It was me who contacted the bank and requested them to look into this matter. It was my sister who contacted the San Mateo DA office to push the case. If I were on the outside looking in I too would question the other family members. But now after living through this nightmare, I would urge all to be actively involved with their elderly family members. Shirley's actions were stealth and not detected until much damage has been done.

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