NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) -- A Manhattan woman is accused of raiding the retirement savings of elderly men to support her taste for lingerie and luxury cars.
CBS2's Tony Aiello reported Tuesday that 44-year-old Mary Evans is behind bars after the Manhattan District Attorney's office said she ripped off older men after approaching them in restaurants and coffee shops in Washington Heights.
"Lot of people trying to scam older people these days," Riverdale resident Bobbi Berger told CBS2, adding that it's very sad because "these people worked hard for their money."
Investigators told CBS2 that she befriended a 77-year-old MTA retiree, an 81-year-old retired church musician, and a 73-year-old former college professor and took their money.
CBS2 reports Evans allegedly played on their good nature with false stories of an abusive husband and children who died young.
The district attorney said Evans took in $400,000 and spent some of it on sprees at Victoria's Secret and a Mercedes convertible.
CBS2 reports that Evans has a long history of involvement with older men. More than 10 years ago when she was in her early 30s, she married Nathan Spero, who was in his 80s. He died in 2006.
Evans lives in a rent-controlled apartment, only paying $300 a month.
One neighbor wasn't surprised about the charges.
"I'm not terribly surprised," the neighbor told CBS2. "It seems to be the nature of who she is."
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