Police: Couple preyed on disabled
6 Alzheimer's patients targeted at Buford nursing home

BUFORD - Police say a Buford couple preyed on a half-dozen Alzheimer's patients in a nursing home, intending to strip them of personal finances.

One suspect remains in jail, while the other is at large, police said.

Iniabel Ferrer, 36, faces a bevy of felony charges, including six counts of exploitation of a disabled adult and financial identity fraud. She remains at the Gwinnett County Jail on $68,400 bond.

Ferrer's boyfriend, Jose Luis Ciuro, 44, is also wanted for his part in the failed scheme, police said. He remains at large.

Police said Ferrer worked at Brookside Assisted Living on Old Hamilton Mill Road in Buford, where she allegedly bilked Social Security numbers and medical information from six elderly patients. Her plans were foiled before she actually stole from the victims' bank accounts, police said.

Police were tipped off to the alleged scheme when someone came forward claiming Ferrer and Ciuro said they needed help accessing the victims' bank accounts via computer. Police checked with the nursing home and found that Ferrer didn't have permission to access patients' personal information, Gwinnett police spokesman Cpl. Illana Spellman said.

After the interview with nursing home management, police went to Ferrer's Buford home Aug. 8, where they made a traffic stop on the couple as they were driving away. Spellman said police found documents with personal information for the six elderly patients in the couple's possession.

Police arrested Ciuro for driving without a license and failure to appear, but he bonded out Aug. 11, "before the investigator could serve the (new) arrest warrants," Spellman said. His girlfriend was arrested Aug. 13.

Spellman couldn't say Tuesday how Ferrer allegedly got her hands on the patients' pertinents.

A manager at the nursing home deferred all questioning to the company's corporate headquarters. Officials there did not return a message Tuesday.