A former regular visitor on Fox News has been charged with stealing over $224,000 from her mother in a full-blown elderly abuse scheme, also unnecessarily forcing her into nursing home facilities on multiple occasions.
ABC News reports:
Cathy Areu, who provided a liberal perspective on several shows, faces numerous felony charges including kidnapping, exploitation of the elderly and organized scheme to defraud. Miami-Dade County prosecutors say she falsified documents to take control of her mother’s home, took money from her mother’s reverse mortgage and savings account, and took out credit cards in her mother’s name and then used them for her own benefit.
“Every incident of alleged elder exploitation or abuse touches our heart and never fails to shock us. It seems particularly harder to understand when the alleged perpetrator of the exploitation is a daughter, or a son or another blood relative,” Miami-Dade State Attorney Katherine Fernandez Rundle said in a statement.
According to Areu’s Fox News profile, she is a former contributing editor for the Washington Post Magazine, where she conducted political interviews from 2001 to 2012, and in 2001 founded the magazine Catalina. It sought to “break stereotypes and show a positive side of the U.S. Hispanic community.” She also hosted the “Liberal Sherpa” podcast. Fox took down Areu’s profile after her arrest became widely known.
In 2018, Areu, 51, was a regular unpaid guest on conservative commentator Tucker Carlson’s show and appeared on other Fox News shows. In 2020, she sued the network, Carlson, Sean Hannity and others, claiming sexual harassment, but a judge dismissed the suit the following year.
Details of Areu’s arrest were not immediately made public, but prosecutors claim she had been evading authorities since June of 2022, spending time in Mexico. They also released harrowing details about Areu’s abusive actions against her mother.
Prosecutors say Areu revoked power of attorney twice to put her mother into nursing homes. The first time, they say Areu tricked her mother into believing she was being taken to have ice cream with her granddaughters but was instead taken to a nursing home where she didn’t belong.
When Areu’s mother tried to call a friend for help, Areu told the staff not to let her use the phone or see visitors.
After doctors and officials found Areu’s mother competent to make her own decisions and released her to go home, prosecutors say Areu and another person dragged her from the house and took her to another facility.
Again, the woman was released after she was found competent and asked to go home.
Areu is being held without bond in the Miami-Dade county jail, according to the Daily Mail.