Woman, 60, who wiped out 86-year-old Denver man’s life savings, sentenced to seven years

Woman, 60, who wiped out 86-year-old Denver man’s life savings, sentenced to seven years

A 60-year-old woman was sentenced in Denver District Court on Friday to seven years in prison for theft from an at-risk adult, an 86-year-old man.

Karla Hansen cashed out the victim’s retirement account with the city of Denver, sold his stocks, took out a reverse mortgage on the victim’s home, used cash advances on the victim’s credit cards and took out a loan, according to a district attorney’s news release. With the money, Hansen purchased two horses and jewelry, traveled to Las Vegas, gambled, and paid off her debts.

Denver District Attorney

Karla Hansen

Hansen had told the victim, a friend, that she had a large Social Security disability payment due to her, the release said. It was a lie.

“Not only did Hansen exploit this at-risk victim, her actions rippled through his family because she deprived his adult children of their inheritance and caused them to use their own money to settle his debts,” Denver District Attorney Beth McCann said. “The victim in this case bravely came forward despite the intense shame and embarrassment he felt at being scammed out of his entire life savings.”

In February 2018, the victim’s family contacted the district attorney’s office, and an investigation revealed the pattern of theft had been ongoing for more than two years.

Hansen, who pleaded guilty in October, was also sentenced to five years of parole and ordered to pay more than $825,000 restitution.

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