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Arlington woman allegedly cons man out of more than $100,000

Anisa Llega.
Anisa Llega.(Arlington police)

A 24-year-old Arlington woman who allegedly exploited a senior citizen out of more than $100,000, including money for a phony brain tumor operation, was arrested on larceny charges on Wednesday, police said.

Anisa Llega allegedly began working as a house cleaner for the 84-year-old widower who frequented a local restaurant where she worked as a waitress, according to Arlington Police Chief Frederick Ryan.

Over the last three months, Llega allegedly charged the victim high rates for her cleaning services and cultivated a relationship with him to con him out of large sums of money, Ryan said in a statement Wednesday night.

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Llega also allegedly pretended to have a terminal brain tumor, for which the victim gave her $30,000 to pay for surgery, police said. Ryan said that during the time Llega claimed to be having surgery, she was actually in Miami on vacation.

Along with the operation, the victim gave her money for auto payments, school loans, and other bills.

Arlington police believe Llega exploited more than $100,000 in the past three months from the victim, and have since located and froze several bank accounts in Llega's name.

Police became aware of the alleged scam when an acquaintance of the victim reported the matter.

"This is a particularly sad situation in which the victim has no family and whose kindness and generosity has been thoroughly taken advantage of," Ryan said.

Llega was charged with larceny over $250 by a single scheme, police said.

She is being held on $200,040 bail pending her arraignment in Cambridge District Court on Thursday.


Lauren Fox can be reached at lauren.fox@globe.com. Follow her on Twitter @laurenbfox.