A 60-year-old caregiver accused of stealing the life savings of her elderly client more than a decade ago has been extradited from the Cayman Islands to Hawaii to face trial for the crime.
Rosemarie Bodden, also known by her married name of Rosemarie Delatorre, was arrested in Grand Cayman during a police warrant sweep in August last year.
She left the islands on Oct. 17, the Department of Public Prosecutions of the Cayman Islands confirmed.
According to court records, she is due in court in Maui in December for a hearing ahead of a trial on multiple charges, including identity theft, forgery and using a stolen credit card.
Ms. Bodden had fought the extradition on health grounds. But a magistrate ruled in June that it would not be “unjust or oppressive” to return the defendant back to the U.S.
Acting Governor Franz Manderson, in one of his last official duties before relinquishing the role to incoming governor Martyn Roper, approved the final extradition order. U.S. Marshals accompanied Ms. Bodden on the flight to Hawaii, according to news reports in the U.S.
She is accused of stealing more than $70,000 from an elderly woman she had been caring for in Hawaii. Dates of the alleged offenses are between 2006 and 2008. Ms. Bodden failed to attend her trial in Hawaii in September 2011 and a warrant was issued for her arrest.
During an extradition hearing in the Cayman Islands, lawyers for Ms. Bodden, who alleges her employer’s daughter committed the thefts, argued that she was suffering from physical and mental health issues and should not be extradited.
Defense attorney Jonathon Hughes said she was currently taking 10 different medications daily. She was frail and her support network was here in Cayman, including her family and her doctors, he said.
At an earlier hearing, Cayman Islands Grand Court heard that Ms. Bodden had used four different names and three passports over the past 10 years.