SEATTLE (AP) — A 60-year-old woman from Whidbey Island has admitted she scammed an elderly man with memory problems out of more than $2 million.
The U.S. attorney’s office in Seattle says Shea Saenger pleaded guilty Thursday in federal court to mail fraud. Saenger befriended the man, from Ellensburg, online in 2005, about 10 months after his wife had died. She told him she was single and that she’d marry him if he helped her with her financial needs.
In reality Saenger was married, and she took advantage of the man’s memory problems to tell him to re-send checks he’d already written her. She claimed she needed money for an uncle who did not exist, for surgeries she never had and did not need, and for her purchase of a car. She sent about half the money to relatives in Arkansas and Tennessee.
She faces up to 20 years in prison when sentenced in October.