A Brockton couple pleaded not guilty in Norfolk Superior Court this afternoon after they allegedly took more than $130,000 from an elderly Sharon man and his disabled daughter, Norfolk County prosecutors said.
Prisca Halaby, 35, worked as the caretaker for the pair that she and her husband allegedly stole from, said Norfolk district attorney’s spokesman David Traub.
The couple allegedly stole the money by using fraudulent credit cards and stealing from bank accounts Prisca Halaby had access to, said Traub.
Most of the allegedly stolen money has not been located by police. The couple had some reported ties to the nation of Haiti, said Traub.
Prisca Halaby has been indicted by a Norfolk County grand jury on five counts of larceny over $250 by a single scheme from a person over the age of 60 or disabled. She also faces two counts of credit card fraud and three counts of identity fraud, said Traub.
Her husband Dominique Halaby, 45, faces one of the same larceny charges brought against his wife, said Traub.
“Some of the conduct alleged in the indictments dates back to 2009,” District Attorney Michael W. Morrissey said today in a statement. “This has been an extensive and time-intensive grand jury investigation.”
Sharon police arrested the Halabys at their residence Friday.
During their arraignment today, Judge Thomas A. Connors ordered $30,000 cash bail on Prisca Halaby and $15,000 on Dominique Halaby. Both are to stay away from and have no contact with the victims. Prisca Halaby is to not be employed as a home health aid while free on bail, said Traub.
They are to return to court on April 1 for a pretrial conference.Jacqueline Tempera can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow her on twitter @jacktemp
Correction: Because of an editing error, a caption accompanying a photo of an arraignment in Tuesday’s Metro section incorrectly identified the woman with Dominique Halaby. She was his lawyer, Marjorie Tynes.