DA: Montco woman stole man's home, fled US

Pictured: Janet Gitney

October 26, 2011 7:52:47 AM PDT
Authorities in Montgomery County say a caretaker has left the country after scamming an elderly man out of his home and life savings.

Authorities believe 57-year-old Janet Gitney of Lansdale is in the Philippines.

Police say she transferred the man's house in Hatfield into her name this year, moved him to a nursing home and drained $100,000 from his retirement accounts. They say Gitney told them she had cared for the man since 2007.

Montgomery County District Attorney Risa Ferman says a previous caregiver had defrauded the same victim. And she says Gitney abandoned her own father, who later died, when she fled.

A judge says authorities can seize the home and Gitney's own home for possible restitution.

Gitney does not have a lawyer listed in the theft and fraud case.