19 April 2023

Woman accused of defrauding aged-care resident avoids jail time

| Albert McKnight
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Joyce Paran Mosca, 51, has been sentenced by the Yass Local Court. Photo: Albert McKnight.

A woman accused of defrauding a resident of an aged-care home in Yass has been handed a jail sentence, but is allowed to serve it in the community.

Joyce Paran Mosca was convicted on two counts of dishonestly obtain property by deception and a single count of goods in personal custody suspected being stolen in the Yass Local Court on Friday (14 April).

Magistrate Geraldine Beattie sentenced the 51-year-old Yass resident to 18 months’ imprisonment, to be served by an intensive corrections order in the community. She was also fined $450.

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NSW Police originally said officers began an investigation in November 2022 after hearing allegations that an 87-year-old woman with dementia had been defrauded.

Mosca was then arrested in December. Police alleged she was caring for the elderly woman in an aged-care facility in Yass and used the resident’s debit card in NSW and the ACT over 12 months, with charges totalling $23,000.

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