Furniture returned to alleged elder fraud victim

A 94-year-old victim of alleged elder abuse is reunited with her furniture thanks to a Toronto moving company.

Toronto-area moving company realized it had Norma Marshall's possessions

Jaxx Moving of Toronto realized it had Norma Marshall's furniture after hearing her story on the radio. (Shannon Martin/CBC)

A 94-year-old victim of alleged elder abuse has been reunited with her furniture thanks to a Toronto moving company. 

Norma Marshall recently lost her possessions and life savings in what police described as a case of alleged elder abuse and fraud. A husband and wife were earlier this month charged with multiple offences after they allegedly moved into Marshall’s home, sold her possessions and took her life savings. 

Jack Diamond of Jaxx Moving in Toronto realized he had Marshall’s furniture upon hearing her story on CBC Radio.

Norma Marshall lost her possessions and $25,000 in savings. (CBC)
​He says his company was hired by a woman — now identified by police as suspect Vera Nunes — to bring her belongings in and move Marshall’s out. 

"My customer told me the lady … didn't want or didn't need that furniture anymore. I found that a little bit unusual because it was in good condition," Diamond told CBC News. He later heard Marshall's story on the radio. 

Her furniture, including an antique desk and washing machine, were returned today.

The furniture will "give her back some normality," said Toronto police Const. Timothy Somers. 

"She appreciates everything the public has done."

Nunes and her husband, Louis Serpa Da Conceicao Santos, remain in custody. Immigration officials are investigating whether the couple was in the country legally, while police search for other possible victims. 

From a report by Shannon Martin