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Women accused of elder abuse while posing as county employees in Auburn

Aimee Johnson
Aimee Johnson Booking photo, Auburn Police Department

Auburn police arrested two women on suspicion of elder abuse after they posed as county employees to gain positions as live-in caregivers, officers said.

Police responded about 1:05 p.m. Friday to a report of a disturbance in the 13000 block of Lincoln Way. During the investigation, they learned that Wanda Cowen, 54, and Aimee Johnson, 36, had misrepresented themselves as employees of Placer County Health and Human Services to persuade the 89-year-old victim to allow them to move in and receive payment for “care” provided, according to a Police Department news release.

Both women were arrested on suspicion of elder abuse. Cowen also is accused of committing a felony while released on her own recognizance and possession of a controlled substance without a prescription.

Cowen is being held in the Placer County jail in lieu of $110,000 bail, and Johnson is being held in lieu of $70,000 bail.

Anyone with information regarding the case is asked to call Officer Angela McCollough, 530-823-4237, Ext. 305.

Cathy Locke: 916-321-5287, @lockecathy