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Abuse charges dropped against Acampo woman

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Posted: Wednesday, October 9, 2013 12:00 am

On Tuesday, a San Joaquin County Superior Court judge dropped charges against an Acampo woman accused of stealing more than $20,000 from an elderly woman over the course of a year.

A judge decided during a preliminary hearing that there was not enough evidence to show that 48-year-old Lisa Serpico committed a crime. As a result, the case will not proceed to trial.

Defense attorney Randy Thomas said a critical factor to the judge’s decision was that Serpico took the stand. He added that it’s rare for the defendant to take the stand during a preliminary hearing, but he believed her story was compelling.

“When I talked to her, she was extremely convincing,” Thomas said. “All you had to do was sit down and talk to this woman and ask her what happened, she tells the same story every time because all she told was the truth.”

Lodi police arrested Serpico in September, when the family of a 90-year-old woman reported to police that they believed Serpico had used multiple tactics to withdraw funds from the victim’s bank account, including using ATMs, after obtaining the victim’s debit card to purchase groceries.

Thomas said that Serpico acted as the woman’s caregiver and never took a dime. And on Tuesday, a judge agreed.

“No good deed ever goes unpunished,” Thomas said.

Contact reporter Kristopher Anderson at krisa@lodinews.com.

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