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Senior Citizen Charged with Elder Theft in San Mateo

A 71-year old Saratoga man who gained the trust of elderly clients by preparing their tax returns is now accused by the San Mateo District Attorney’s Office of ripping them off (elder financial abuse, elder financial fraud).

San Mateo police Sgt. Dave Norris said Lewis Lee was able to charm his clients into joining his investment club called Lewis E. Lee Company by allegedly telling them he was an accountant or financial advisory, although he did not possess any of the required licenses or certifications. His website was still up and running as of the date of this posting.

Lee has been charged with 11 counts of embezzlement, four counts of elder theft and a once residential burglary charge and will be prosecuted by District Attorney Steve Wagstaf in San Mateo County Superior Court beginning December 6.

Lee has hired attorney Chuck Smith, who has thus far defended Lee by saying his client was also a victim and thought his investments were legitimate.

Read the original article in the Contra Costa Times.

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