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    Woman Charged with Faking Cancer to Steal from At-Risk Elder

    (Golden, CO – September 30, 2016) A 49-year-old woman from Monument has been charged with two felonies for allegedly bilking an elderly Westminster man out of over $34,000 by convincing him that she had cancer when she did not.

    The woman, Nahid Moshrefi, DOB: 12-28-66, met the 79-year-old victim, William Maruca, on the “Live Links” dating service. Mr. Maruca knew her as Venus. According to the arrest affidavit, they began dating in 2013 and she began telling him she had cancer a few months into the relationship.

    In July 2015, an employee of FirstBank, where Mr. Maruca had his bank account, contacted Westminster police and filed a report of possible elder abuse in accordance with the 2014 Mandatory Reporting of Elder Abuse law. According to the affidavit, the employee told police that Mr. Maruca had written checks to Nahid Moshrefi totaling $19,881 and that he had transferred money into her account. The losses, checks to Nahid and transfers, totaled $34,781.

    When police contacted Mr. Maruca, according to the arrest affidavit, he told them that he paid for Venus’s doctor visits and treatment. He said Venus told him that without treatments she had 5-6 months to live. He said that he knows she has cancer because of the pain she displays to him. He also said that their relationship was kept secret because it was against her religion to be with a white man when she is unmarried.

    According to the arrest affidavit, Mrs. Moshrefi has been married for 13 years.

    Mrs. Moshrefi is owner/operator of Holistic Healing Health in Colorado Springs, and advertises herself as Dr. Venus K. Moshrefi. Investigators have been unable to confirm whether she is a medical doctor.

    Mr. Maruca’s cousin also contacted police. According to the affidavit, he told them that he believed Venus was exploiting Mr. Maruca. She had convinced Mr. Maruca to stop taking all of his prescription medicine and to take “supplements” which altered his moods and increased his depression. Venus charged Mr. Maruca $250 for one of the supplements and this same product was available online for $99. He also said Mr. Maruca bought Venus a car, gave her all his cash savings, and paid for trips to California and Australia when she told him she had family there she would never see again because she was dying. Venus also had herself installed as sole beneficiary in his will.

    According to the arrest affidavit, Mrs. Moshrefi told investigators that she did not have cancer.

    Nahid Mosrefi has been charged with Theft of an At-Risk Elder (F3) and Criminal Exploitation of an At-Risk Elder (F3). She was arrested in El Paso County and posted $25,000 bond. She is due in Jefferson County Court on October 4 at 10:00.

    If anyone has additional information regarding this case they should call DA Investigator Jessica Beren at 303-271-6846.

    Pam Russell
    DA Public Information

    September 30, 2016

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    Last Updated: 9-30-2016
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