A former Jeopardy! game show winner and home health aide was recently charged with stealing a tremendous amount of money from his elderly couple client over the course of a couple of years to help fund lavish holidays in Florida, Broadway tickets, and much more. Winston Nguyen, 30, was accused by prosecutors of robbing a 96 year old legally blind man and his 92 year old wife.
The couple lived in an apartment on the Upper East Side of Manhattan and had been relying on Mr. Nguyen for in home care support since 2009, but between 2015 and 2017, Mr. Nguyen allegedly began writing personal checks to himself from their account and took off with over $335,000 of the couple’s money.
According to the NY Daily News article, Home health aide, ‘Jeopardy!’ winner busted for spending $335G of elderly clients’ cash on shopping sprees, vacations, written by Molly Crane-Newman, Chelsia Rose Marcius, and Larry McShane:
“Nguyen — who won $10,000 as a one-episode champion on “Jeopardy!” in 2014 — was arrested inside the victims’ ninth-floor apartment.His replacement told the Daily News that the victimized couple was pleased with the indictment.
“Just hearing all the stories, my heart sank with theirs,” the new aide said Thursday. “Today was a little gratification for all they’d been through. I’m very happy for them.”
The elderly duo’s daughter-in-law exposed the insider thieving after noticing unusual charges on the nonagenarian couple’s credit card bill this past May.”
According to neighbors of the couple at their Park Avenue address, they trusted Mr. Nguyen implicitly and there was no indication of trouble until after he had appeared on an episode of the game show Jeopardy and went home as the winner for one episode, taking home about $10,000. Some time after that, the trouble started.
Prosecutors allege that Mr. Nguyen wrote himself $200,000 in personal checks from the couple’s accounts and charged another $100,000 to their credit cards. He even set up a fake email account to pretend to be their son.
Mr. Nguyen also went so far as to block calls from credit card companies and collection agencies from the residence so the couple wouldn’t have any idea what was going on. In court, prosecutors had asked that he be held on $100,000 bail, but the judge released Mr. Nguyen without any bail or bond. He is facing charges of grand larceny, criminal possession of stolen property, identity theft, scheme to defraud, forgery and several other counts associated with this case.
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