Article Courtesy of Local 10 News
By Peter Burke
Published March 29, 2018
FORT LAUDERDALE - A Fort Lauderdale woman duped a
disabled man into buying a condominium and putting her name on the deed,
Althea Johnson, 66, was arrested Monday on a charge of elderly exploitation.
According to a Fort Lauderdale police report, Johnson was caring for Richard
Shellene between October 2014 and December 2015 after he suffered a stroke
and now gets around with the help of a wheelchair.
Police said Shellene listed Johnson as co-owner of the condo that he bought
in March 2015 as part of a verbal agreement with Johnson.
In exchange for putting her name on the deed and giving her a $2,000 monthly
salary, Johnson was supposed to move in with Shellene and be his caretaker.
Police said Shellene paid the entire amount for the condo out of his bank
account and fully furnished a room for Johnson, paying for everything in it.
Instead of moving in, however, Johnson refused and tried to get half the
value of the condo from him, police said.
"Considering the facts of this case, it is clear Johnson made the promises
of moving in and becoming a caretaker to Shellene just to get her name on
the deed," the report said.
Johnson was being held at the main Broward County jail on $10,000 bond.