As the victim's vision and physical condition declined over time, Ayarza offered to help the woman. Beginning in September 2010, the victim would sign checks so Ayarza could make payments on her behalf, including rent, groceries, doctor bills and other expenses, according to a Pasadena Police Department statement.
The victim eventually became suspicious upon reviewing her bank statements. With the help of friend, the victim discovered a substantial amount of money missing from both her checking and savings accounts.
According to investigators, Ayarza was found to have fraudulently cashed checks signed by the victim totaling more than $30,000.
Ayarza was arrested Friday at her home in the 1300 block of Glencrest in Pasadena and charged with second-degree felony theft against the elderly. She was out of jail Monday on $10,000 bail.
If anyone has any additional information about the suspect or similar criminal activity, call Pasadena police at 713-477-1221 or your local Crime Stoppers organization.