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2/21/96

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Home caregiver arrested for allegedly bilking campus couple

STANFORD -- A home caregiver who attended to an elderly couple living on the Stanford campus has been arrested for stealing between $5,000 and $7,000 from the couple, Stanford police say.

Susan Bangoy, 45, of San Jose, was arrested Tuesday, Feb. 20, following police questioning. Police Capt. Raoul Niemeyer said Bangoy admitted to altering checks the couple gave her after each visit, to change the amounts from $40 to $140 or $240.

The couple's son, a Stanford researcher, became suspicious when he noticed irregularities while preparing his parents' taxes, Niemeyer said. The victims, a professor emeritus and his wife, were not identified.

Bangoy was booked into the Elmwood Women's Correctional Facility in Milpitas on suspicion of forgery, burglary and grand theft. The investigation continues, Niemeyer said, and Bangoy is a possible suspect in thefts from other clients, at Stanford and in other peninsula communities.

Anyone who has employed Bangoy as a home caregiver should contact the investigating officer, Det. Mark Swineford, at (415) 723-9633.

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