New wife, 26, charged with exploiting Florida husband, 77, for nearly $1 million

Lin Helena Halfon
Posted at 8:29 AM, Dec 26, 2019
and last updated 2019-12-26 08:34:32-05

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — A newly married 26-year-old woman has been arrested on charges alleging she tried to cash almost $1 million in checks from her 77-year-old husband's account.

Lin Helena Halfon, a native of Israel, was arrested earlier this month at Tampa International Airport. She is facing charges of money laundering, organized fraud and exploitation of an elderly person. A judge set her bail at $1 million.

An arrest warrant says that when her husband, Tampa businessman Richard Rappaport, was notified by investigators about what his wife was doing, he said wanted to give his wife the benefit of the doubt.