GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — The niece of an 84-year-old woman with dementia realized something was very wrong when her aunt’s phone number changed, and when she called her aunt’s cell phone, a man answered.
“A gentleman answered, and he said, ‘Who are you?’ and I said, ‘Well, who are you?’”
“He said, ‘I’m Phil, and I’m a paramedic and your aunt fell a couple days ago, and I’m just here checking on her,’” Mary Rademacher recalled her conversation with the man.
Rademacher talked to her aunt, who said everything was fine.
For the past six years, Rademacher’s aunt has been living alone at an independent living facility.
However, late last week, Rademacher learned her aunt wasn’t living alone.
“She mentioned that he’d been sleeping on the Lazy Boy chair for the last five days, and that he’s been a perfect gentleman,” Rademacher said.
Phil turned out to be Phuc Pham, a homeless man who gained access to the building and gained her aunt’s trust. FOX 17 checked into Pham’s criminal history and found fraud-related convictions. They also learned Pham called Comcast and ordered Playboy and HBO channels be added to her cable bill.
He was arrested.