36-Year-Old Woman Accused of Using Romance Scam to Swindle $2.8M from Elderly Holocaust Survivor

A Florida lady has been captured for swindling a 87-year-old Holocaust overcomer of almost $3 million, specialists reported Wednesday. Peaches Stergo, 36, of Champions Entryway, Florida, has been accused of one count of wire extortion after purportedly constraining millions from an anonymous Manhattan man somewhere in the range of 2017 and 2021.

“The respondent unfeelingly gone after a senior resident basically looking for friendship, swindling him of his life reserve funds,” Michael J. Driscoll, the associate chief responsible for the FBI’s New York field office said while declaring the charge on Wednesday, announced CNN.


Stergo, who likewise goes by the name “Alice,” met the man on a dating site around six or a long time back, as indicated by a prosecution from the Equity Division.

“Stergo let the casualty know that she had settled a claim including wounds in a fender bender yet that her legal counselor wouldn’t deliver the repayment assets until he got a specific measure of cash,” adds the prosecution. “In May 2017, bank records show the Casualty composed his most memorable check to Stergo for $25,000,” it proceeds.

From that second on, Stergo actuated the man to express “practically month to month checks” to Stergo, “frequently in augmentations of $50,000.”

When each check was stored, the lady let the casualty know that her bank “required more cash” or probably her record would be frozen and the casualty wouldn’t be taken care of, peruses the arraignment. In October 2021, the man enlightened his child regarding the plan so, all in all he quit sending cash.

“‘Alice,’ the respondent, was propelled to take part in the extortion plan to enhance herself,” adds the arraignment. “She has carried on with an existence of extravagance with the large numbers she got from the extortion: she purchased a home in a gated local area, a condo, a boat, and various vehicles, including a Corvette and a Rural.”

“Over the span of the misrepresentation, Stergo additionally went on costly outings, remaining at places like the Ritz Carlton, and spent a huge number of dollars on costly feasts, gold coins and bars, gems, Rolex watches, and planner clothing from stores like Tiffany, Ralph Lauren, Neiman Marcus, Louis Vuitton, and Hermes,” it proceeds.

“The casualty lost his life reserve funds and had to surrender his condo” subsequently, the arraignment peruses.