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PRESS RELEASE FOR IMMEDIATE
Contact: Lori Sitler/Janice Fitzsimons
Phone: (302) 577-8314
Pager: (302) 247-1132
Date: June 16, 2005
TWO YEAR SEARCH RESULTS IN ARREST OF WILMINGTON WOMAN
ON FINANCIAL EXPLOITATION AND THEFT CHARGES
(Wilmington, DE): Ameera M. Shaheed, age 29, of Wilmington, who spent nearly two years evading authorities, was arrested on Tuesday for stealing over $42,000 from an infirm elderly woman for whom she held a power of attorney, announced Attorney General M. Jane Brady. Warrants had been signed in August of 2003 by the Elder Abuse and Financial Exploitation Project of the Attorney General's office for felony Financial Exploitation of an Infirm Elder and felony Theft against Shaheed. She was apprehended by the U. S. Marshall's Fugitive Task Force and released on $2,000 secured bond.
The State alleges that Shaheed misused a power of attorney which she held for an elderly woman who resided in a total care facility. Shaheed was suppose to provide for the disabled victim's needs but, the State alleges, instead stole over $42,000 of the victim's money. The victim died penniless in November, 2003.