NEW PORT RICHEY, FL (WFLA) – A Pasco County woman who admits bilking an elderly lady out of thousands of dollars, even her home, is heading to Florida State Prison. Today, 56-year old Cecilia Dellavecchia pleaded guilty to the exploitation of the elderly charges. Judge Mary Handsel made sure Dellavecchia knew what she was doing.
“At this time I’ll adjudicate you guilty, on the second ammended information.” said Judge Handsel. “I’ll sentence you to a concurrent 30-months in the department of corrections.”
Dellavecchia and her daughter were supposed to be taking care of Arlene Calvin, who just turned 82. Instead, prosecutors planned to prove the duo were cashing her checks and even convinced her to sign over her home without her knowing. Deputies initially arrested the daughter as well, but charges against her were dropped.
Andy Coviello represents Dellavecchia and says his client wanted to do the right thing. “She wanted to make good. My clients wanted to take care of Ms. Arlene Calvin,” said Coviello, as he stood outside Calvin’s home to return her keys. “The second I got involved, all the property was returned, items, bits and pieces, all types of things. ”
Maria Maioulis represents Calvin and is relieved the case came to such a positive ending. She deals in many cases like this, and says resolutions like this are a rarity. “Unfortunately, elderly abuse and elderly fraud is so prevalent, especially in Pasco County,” said Maioulis. “And to actually have a case where a case is filed, the state attorney’s office files it and we get a conviction is huge. ”
Calvin is just happy the entire ordeal is over. As she sat on the bed in her assisted living facility apartment, she says she still can’t understand why Dellavecchia targeted her. “Well, it was my house. It wasn’t hers.” said Calvin. “I don’t know. I guess she wanted to take it and sell it.”