DA Vance Announces Indictment of Mary Evans for Stealing More Than $400,000 From Three Elderly Men

March 1, 2016

Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance, Jr., today announced the indictment of MARY EVANS, 44, for stealing more than $400,000 from three elderly men in Northern Manhattan. The defendant is charged in a New York State Supreme Court indictment with Grand Larceny in the Second Degree, Scheme to Defraud in the First Degree, and Endangering the Welfare of an Incompetent or Physically Disabled Person in the First Degree. [1]

“Companionship came at a high price for the elderly victims in this case,” said District Attorney Vance. “The defendant is accused of systematically preying on men three decades older than she and stealing hundreds of thousands of dollars in savings from them, which she allegedly used go on shopping sprees at Victoria’s Secret and Macy’s. And it didn’t stop with cash – Mary Evans is also accused of tricking one victim into buying her a Mercedes convertible. I encourage anyone who believes that an older friend, relative, or loved one may be the victim of this type of fraud to call my Office’s Elder Abuse Hotline at 212-335-9007.”

According to court documents and statements made on the record in court, beginning in 2009, EVANS initiated a scheme to steal from elderly men living alone in Washington Heights. During the time period charged in the indictment, she stole more than $400,000 from three elderly male victims following a similar pattern: EVANS approached her targets in neighborhood restaurants, supermarkets, or coffee shops and engaged them in a conversation by feigning recognition from alleged prior encounters. During these conversations, EVANS would acquire the victims’ names and phone numbers, which she used to set up subsequent meetings, often in the victims’ homes.

After EVANS gained her victims’ trust, she began to request to borrow money from them. To explain her financial plight, she often claimed to have suffered serious family tragedies, such as abusive former husbands and the early deaths of children. She also claimed to some victims that she needed a loan to pay for nursing school or obtain a nursing license. There is no evidence that any of these claims were true. Often, EVANS made verbal or written promises regarding when these loans would be repaid, and promised to re-pay the victims in full. When the victims confronted EVANS regarding the return of their money, she ceased all communication with them. 

Following this pattern, from January 2009 through March 2014, EVANS stole more than $130,000 in cash and goods, including a Mercedes convertible, from her first victim, a 77-year-old retired MTA employee. Between December 2011 and April 2012, EVANS stole approximately $53,000 from a second victim, an 81-year-old retired church musical director. In September 2014, the defendant obtained a marriage certificate for herself and her third victim, a 73-year-old retired college professor who suffered from dementia. In the spring of 2015, as part of the alleged scheme EVANS attempted to withdraw $225,000 from the third victim’s retirement account, which caused the Teacher’s Retirement System to alert Adult Protective Services. In June 2015, a New York State Civil Court Judge found this victim to be a Person in Need of a Guardian, and appointed an attorney as a Legal Guardian. A review of the victim’s financial records found more than $224,000 in suspicious withdrawals and purchases between June 2014 and June 2015. 

Assistant District Attorney Philip Gary is handling the prosecution of this case under the supervision of Assistant District Attorneys Catherine Christian, Chief of the Elder Abuse Unit; Connie Fernandez, Deputy Chief of Trial Bureau 30; Eugene Porcaro, Chief of Trial Bureau 30; and Executive Assistant District Attorney John Irwin, Chief of the Trial Division. Elder Abuse Program Coordinator Melanie Chan, Investigative Analyst Lauren Gunther, Trial Preparation Assistant Timothy Davis, and Financial Investigator Michelle Burgos assisted with the case, as did Senior Rackets Investigators Jeffrey Salta and James Piccione, under the supervision of Supervising Rackets Investigator Jose Flores. 

District Attorney Vance thanked Transitional Services for New York Adult Protective Services Caseworker Marsha Crawford.

[1] The charges contained in the indictment are merely allegations, and the defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty. All factual recitations are derived from documents filed in court and statements made on the record in court.

Defendant Information:

MARY EVANS, D.O.B. 6/10/1971
New York, NY

•    Grand Larceny in the Second Degree, a class C felony, three counts
•    Scheme to Defraud in the First Degree, a class E felony, one count
•    Endangering the Welfare of an Incompetent or Physically Disabled Person in the First Degree, a class E felony, one count