Arlington police have expanded their investigation into a series of unlicensed bed and breakfasts in the Dallas-Fort Worth area where nearly two dozen people are believed to have died since fall 2022 to include allegations of fraud and theft.

Authorities began investigating Love and Caring for People in November. When Arlington police were called to one of the group homes at 1210 Woodbrook Street, they spoke with two neighbors about how business owner Regla Becquer came into possession of the home after taking care of the home's previous owner, according to an affidavit obtained by police. The Dallas Morning News. Police responded to an emergency call reporting that a wheelchair user had fallen in the backyard.

The previous owner of the Woodbrook Street home, neighbors told police, had “no mental impairment of any kind” but was “suddenly” in Becquer's care, an officer wrote in the affidavit. The previous owner's health deteriorated in the months that followed and led to her death, they told police. Becquer took possession of the home – an outcome that surprised one of the neighbors because the home “meant a great deal” to the previous owner, according to the affidavit.

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What police found at the Woodbrook Street home on Nov. 20 and heard from neighbors would trigger a criminal investigation into more than 20 cases since fall 2022 in which people died in Becquer's care, the affidavit said.

Becquer, who is charged with murder in connection with the death of another client, remained in custody in Tarrant County on Wednesday. The court-appointed attorney representing her declined to comment on the charges listed in the affidavit. On Feb. 15, Becquer was booked into jail on charges of neglect and endangering a person and imminent danger of bodily harm.

Becquer was charged with murder after the Tarrant County coroner's office determined that one of her former clients, Steven Pankratz, 60, had died as a result of drug poisoning. Pankratz's brother has sued Becquer and is seeking more than $1 million in damages.

The Woodbrook Street home formerly belonged to Karen Walker, who died in Becquer's care at age 62. Walker's cousin told police that a hospital – not named in the affidavit – recommended that Walker seek Becquer's care when her health deteriorated.

Walker told her cousin that “people in the house were trying to kill her” and she sounded disoriented, according to the affidavit. Two weeks after the cousin spoke with Walker about giving her power of attorney, she was told by the Tarrant County coroner that Walker had died.

According to the affidavit, police obtained a will from Walker in which she left all of her assets to Becquer. The will is the subject of a police forgery investigation.

Love and Caring for People had operated homes in Arlington, Grand Prairie and Mansfield, police said. Becquer filed to incorporate the company in May 2022, according to Texas Secretary of State records, and fell behind on her tax payments on Feb. 23, 2024 – eight days after her arrest.

Family members of other clients told police that their relatives' health deteriorated while in Becquer's care. Some reported being unable to contact their relatives, according to the affidavit, while clients said they were given unknown medications. Another client reported being barred from leaving the house and being held against her will in the Woodbrooks' home.

Investigators believe Becquer “stole money from patients, misused their debit/credit cards, forged documents and wills, and administered dangerous medications,” resulting in similar patterns of disorientation and deterioration of her patients' health “for her own financial gain.”

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