ELIZABETH, NJ - Natalia Calderon-Diaz, 33, of Elizabeth is charged with a single count of second-degree theft after authorities say while as Property manager of an Elizabeth complex she siphoned more than $120,000 out of an elderly tenant’s bank account over the course of about a year and a half.
Authorities said an investigation, determined that the now 89-year-old female victim, who has no surviving immediate family, lived alone at the Linden Arms apartment complex on Linden Avenue in Elizabeth when she became acquainted with the defendant, who gradually gained her trust – and access to her bank account.
According to authorities, from December 2017 through June 2019, Calderon-Diaz allegedly withdrew $122,482 from the account without the victim’s knowledge or permission, spending the money on lavish vacations to destinations such as Las Vegas and Florida, high-end designer clothing, and other items.
Calderon-Diaz was served the charges last week, and a first appearance in Superior Court has been tentatively scheduled to take place on the morning of Friday, September 20. Convictions on second-degree criminal charges are commonly punishable by 5 to 10 years in state prison.