[UPDATED with Sentences:] Caretaker Norma Ruth Casini, Husband Leno and Daughter Anastasia Darlena Mendezkestler Guilty of Fleecing the Elderly
The 51-year-old Laguna Niguel resident was sentenced to 13 years in state prison and ordered to pay $642,000 in restitution and more than $1.2 million in fines.
The sentences for Casini's husband and daughter are after the jump . . .
Daughter Anastasia Darlena Mendezkestler, 23, of Laguna Niguel, copped to one felony count of receiving stolen property. She was sentenced to 93 days in jail, for which she received credit for time served, and three years of formal probation.
Mama C. pleaded guilty to three felony counts of caretaker theft from an elder and one felony count of residential burglary of an occupied home with sentencing enhancements for loss over $100,000, property loss over $200,000, white collar crime over $500,000, and having a non-accomplice present.
UPDATE, MARCH 4, 6:01 P.M.: Are the Casinis a family of gypsies--the thieving kind Borat warned us about?
Because now the daughter of alleged sticky-fingered caretaker to the elderly Norma Casini and her husband the accused fence Leno Casini is up on charges related to the caper.
Anastasia Darlena Mendezkestler, 22, of Laguna Niguel, was arrested today on suspicion of stealing money from elderly victims to pay for her divorce, new tires and other goods.
Since much of the Orange County District Attorney's Office statement on Mendezkestler's Monday arraignment repeats the case against her mother and father, we'll just key in on the parts that concern the daughter:
- Between June 2010 and January 2011, Mendezkestler is accused of receiving stolen money from Norma Casini and depositing the money in her personal bank accounts. She is accused of using the stolen money to pay for her divorce, medical insurance, dental work, pets, toys, furniture and electronics.
- On July 9, 2010, Mendezkestler is accused of being in possession of one female victim's credit cards and using it to purchase tires for her car at Tucker Tire in Laguna Niguel.
- On July 31, 2010, she is accused of using the same card to purchase a high-end Nikon camera at OC Camera in Mission Viejo.
After her arrest by Orange County sheriff's detectives today, she was charged by the OCDA with two felony counts each of accessory after the fact and receiving stolen property, second degree commercial burglary, fraudulently using an access card, and sentencing enhancements for loss over $100,000, property loss over $200,000, and white collar crime over $500,000. Mendezkestler could get up to 12 years in state prison if convicted of all that.
Anyone know if the ladies pen has a gypsy section?
UPDATE, FEB. 22, 5:33 P.M.: Prosecutors today charged Leno Casini in the caregiver theft case that has already led to charges against the 56-year-old Laguna Niguel resident's wife.
The husband is now charged with two felony counts each of accessory after the fact and receiving stolen property and one felony count of second degree burglary.
The administrative assistant with the Los Angeles public defender's office could get up to 12 years in state prison if convicted.
The Orange County district attorney's office also filed additional charges against Norma Ruth Casini now that new victims have come forward as a result of media coverage of the couple's arrests, which has included photos of the stolen loot. She is now charged with 34 felony counts of fraudulently using an access card, 24 felony counts of forgery, two felony counts of caretaker theft from an elder, one felony count of residential burglary of an occupied home, and sentencing enhancements for loss of more than $100,000, property loss of more than $200,000, white-collar crime of more than $500,000, and having a non-accomplice present.
If convicted of all counts, she could spend 49 years and eight months in prison.
The couple remain in custody on $610,000 bail, which they can only make if they can prove the money came from a legal and legitimate source. They are scheduled to attend a pretrial hearing in Newport Beach on March 15.