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A New Orleans woman who stole more than $ 2 million inheritance of an autistic man, after posing as a lawyer, she was sentenced to 20 years in prison.
Kristina Galjour, 45, pleaded guilty Monday to robbery valued at more than $ 25,000 and three counts of practicing law without a license, after defrauding an adult autistic man whose parents had just died, according to the Nola.com site. .
The 59-year-old autistic lost his parents in 2015, leaving him millions of dollars and a home in New Orleans.
The trust was being administered by Legacy Law Center, a planning firm where Galjour worked, according to the Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office.
In 2016, Galjour identified himself for the first time before man as a lawyer, despite not having a license to exercise.
He earned the unsuspecting man’s trust and convinced him to give him a power of attorney, according to prosecutors. Later began to slowly drain the man of his assets.
He bought a Jaguar in the victim’s name, although he never drove it, authorities said.
He also used the money for vacations, organizing parties, and buying clothes and other luxury items for his personal use.
Galjour convinced the man to give up his home to him in 2017, arguing that a group of neighbors were trying to kick him out and send him to a mental institution.
By the time the man finally reported Galjour to police, she had completely depleted all cash from the trust fund, authorities said.
Galjour was arrested in December 2019.
In addition to fraud and license violations, she had also been charged with theft, money laundering in excess of $ 100,000, exploitation of the sick, three counts of bank fraud, and two other counts of theft.
He was ordered to pay compensation to all of his victims, including $ 1.3 million to the autistic man, according to court records.