A Hollywood stockbroker and a financial planner were convicted Tuesday of conning a 94-year-old woman with dementia into disinheriting her family and handing over her $10 million estate.
Cynthia Franke and her husband, Tyrone Javellana, face up to 30 years in prison after a jury found them each guilty of one count of financial exploitation of an elderly person, a first-degree felony, according to The Broward State Attorneys Office.
The couple will be sentenced April 19.
Experts testified that Franke took the elderly woman to her attorney in 2009 to have her will and trust changed.
Javellana also faces a charge of exploiting the now-deceased sister of the elderly victim.
Elderly abuse is a serious problem in this community and it will become even more serious as the population ages, Richard Sherman, a prosecutor in the State Attorneys Office Elderly Exploitation Unit wrote in a statement. We will continue to aggressively prosecute elderly exploitation in our community to protect our seniors.