AZ Woman, Boyfriend Charged With Theft Against Bedridden MS Patient

A Tucson woman and her boyfriend are both facing fraud and theft charges against a bedridden multiple-sclerosis patient, who later died.

36-year-old Lea Marie Hughes is already in jail for allegedly neglecting 64-year-old Ruthann Jacox. She died Nov. 8 at Tucson Medical Center 11 weeks after Hughes was arrested on suspicion of vulnerable adult and child abuse charges.

Hughes’ boyfriend, 39-year-old Gilbert Pierre Peralta Jr., denied the charges after his arraignment Thursday in Pima County Superior Court.

Peralta told the Arizona Daily Star the couple loved Jacox as though she was a member of the family and denied ever stealing from the ailing woman.

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Woman, Boyfriend Charged With Fraud

2 Responses to “AZ Woman, Boyfriend Charged With Theft Against Bedridden MS Patient”

  1. Anonymous Says:

    These are the worst kind of predators…those who prey on disabled people.

  2. Jessica Says:

    Well, I guess we won't know for sure until after the hearing, but if they did this, you're right, Anonymous.

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