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Court dismisses extorting caretaker’s appeal 0

By Michael Mui, 24 Hours Vancouver

An in-home caregiver convicted of trying to extort $2.5 million from her ex-boss by claiming the man’s elderly father had molested her has lost her court appeal.

Maria Theresa Avila Bagadiong was hired to care for Raymond McLean and his wife in 2007. About two years later, she was fired and that’s when Bagadiong approached McLean’s son, Roderick, suggesting she and his father had sex while at their other residence in the U.S. Bagadiong said she was sexually molested on occasion and wanted money to keep quiet.

“The appellant indicated that she was prepared to settle the matter by the payment of money and fixed on a figure of $2,500,000,” Justice John Hall wrote in his decision released late last week.

“After the conversation concluded, the police became involved and the appellant was charged with extortion.”

McLean, who was in his 80s, had died by the time trial commenced in 2011, according to the B.C. Court of Appeal. The court said the reason was Bagadiong was fired was because she “too intrusive” in her care, adding that one time she had placed a camera to monitor the couple in the family’s Vancouver residence bedroom without their knowledge.

On occasion, McLean said in his statement, he was approached by Bagadiong, “who was somewhat scantily clad and he said that he instructed her not to touch him.”

Additionally, when the couple went to their Palm Desert, Calif. home in 2008 — where the sex acts were alleged — McLean described her as “extremely aggressive and more than overly attentive” even in his wife’s presence.

Bagadiong was sentenced to a jail term for the offence, but has since been released.




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