Roger Lavoie: Legally blind woman's bookkeeper arrested on grand theft, swindling charges

DELRAY BEACH, Fla. - A Boynton Beach man, who acted as a bookkeeper for a legally blind Delray Beach woman, is facing several charges of fraud, exploitation of the elderly and swindling after investigators say he wrote several checks to himself that she unknowingly signed.

The amount written out in checks totaled to $251,067 over a three year period.

According to a probable cause affidavit, the woman received a call from her hairdresser on March 13th saying the check for her last appointment had bounced.

The woman said it must be a mistake since she normally keeps a large balance in her checking account and went to Wells Fargo bank to investigate.

A teller at the bank looked over the month's statements and found three checks written out to Roger Lavoie without the woman's permission.

The woman told police that Lavoie was hired to be her bookkeeper. Since she was legally blind and a recent widow, Lavoie would take care of her bills and she would sign her checks.

Investigators say Lavoie changed the names of the checks to be paid to him and sometimes added zeros, changing fifty dollar checks to $500 checks or $100 dollar checks to $1,000. 

Lavoie was employed by the woman beginning in January 2009.

Lavoie remains in the Palm Beach County Jail.

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