A Cuyahoga Falls caretaker was arrested and charged with theft from the elderly after allegedly stealing $75,000 to $80,000 from a client in Akron.

Deborah R. Ramoz, 59, was taken into custody Jan. 17 at her house on East Broadway by Summit County Sheriff's Deputies, said Inspector William Holland.

Deputies searching her house the following day found gemstones she bought from California with funds she allegedly stole, Holland said.

The Sheriff's Office got word from Adult Protective Services that someone claimed an 87-year-old Akron man was being exploited financially, he said.

"We got the referral in July 2012," Holland said. "It pretty much stopped then, but it had been going on for a year and a half." The inspector noted that the victim died last month.

This type of theft normally is a fourth-degree felony, Holland said, but because it was committed against an elderly person, it's "bumped up" to a third-degree felony.

Arraigned on Jan. 18, Ramoz was released on a $5,000 signature bond, he added. Akron Municipal Court records show her status hearing is Feb. 1.

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