POMPANO BEACH (CBSMiami) — A woman accused of scamming an elderly Pompano Beach man out of thousands of dollars and later disappearing will face no jail time.
Gina Marks, 25, turned herself in to authorities last week.
Sporting a new look and hairdo Gina Marks, also known as Amanda Marks, also known as Gina Dupree, stood before before a judge Wednesday morning ready to face the consequences. She’s accused of scamming 86-year old Clifford Rogerson out of $26,000 dollars.
On Wednesday, a judge sentenced Marks to 10 years probation without jail time and withheld adjudication, meaning she was not convicted of the crime.
Marks, who repaid Rogerson $26,164.79, will not be allowed to have credit cards or carry debt. The judge also barred her from working with the elderly or disabled. She also not allowed to work in the financial industry.
Marks will also have to disclose her finances once a year.
According to Rogerson, he met Marks 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.”
Rogerson said over the following weeks, the two held hands, kissed, and regularly dined together. Rogerson said that she was affectionate with him. According to Rogerson, Marks 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.
“She said she wanted $20,000 and I said ‘I can’t give you $20,000 right now’ and she said ‘what can you give’ and I said ‘I think i can get a hold of $7,000,” said Rogerson.
The judge said it was by fraud that she convinced the elderly man that they were friends or that she had a romantic interest. Marks reportedly told Rogerson she needed $26,000 for a sewing machine and another $6,000 for rent.
Rogerson said he didn’t want to believe that she was bad but he had a hunch. As his retirement account began 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.