POMPANO BEACH (CBSMiami) – An attractive woman who reportedly conned an elderly Pompano Beach man out of thousands of dollars before disappearing has turned herself in to authorities.
According to the Broward Sheriff’s Office, 25-year old Gina Marks befriended Clifford Rogerson, 85 at the time, on November 30, 2012 at a Walgreens in Pompano Beach. Rogerson loaned her $1 when she was short at the register and she asked for his name and phone number.
“I get home and she called me and said ‘tomorrow I’ll give you the dollar and take you to breakfast,’” said Rogerson. “That’s how it all began.”
According to investigators, the two held hands, kissed, and regularly dined together. Rogerson said that she was affectionate with him. She told him, Rogerson said, that she wanted to travel the world with him.
At some point, Rogerson began lending Marks money that she promised to repay after the sale of her father’s business.
Rogerson said said he didn’t want to believe that she was bad but he had a hunch. As his retirement account begasn to disappear so did she.
Rogerson said he last heard from her in mid-February 2013, when she called from a blocked number and told him she no longer had a cell phone. BSO said Rogerson lent the woman over $20,000 over three months before reporting the crime in May 2013. Rogerson said it was closer to $29,000 when it was totaled up.
Marks faces charges of grand theft and exploitation of the elderly.