Political analyst and regular Fox News guest Cathy Areu was arrested on Friday for allegedly kidnapping and financially extorting her elderly mother.

The 51-year-old, known as Fox’s “Liberal Sherpa,” was booked at a Miami jail on multiple felony charges, including kidnapping, exploiting the elderly and fraud. She is being held with no bond.


Areu previously attempted to sue Sean Hannity, Tucker Carlson and other Fox network figures for sexual harassment in 2020. The case was dismissed.

According to investigators, Areu stole $224,000 from her 88-year-old mother. Areu allegedly took funds from a reverse mortgage on her mother’s house, made withdrawals from her mother’s bank accounts and falsely opened credit cards in her mother’s name.

There’s been an ongoing investigation into the case since 2019. A warrant has been out for Areu’s arrest since June of this year. The Miami-Dade State Attorney’s Office said they believe she fled to Mexico to evade arrest.

The investigation started when it was reported to authorities that she falsified documents to take over the deed on her mother’s home. She also allegedly revoked power of attorney more than once to put her mother in a nursing home against her will, claiming the elderly woman had brain damage or dementia. Despite Areu’s claims, doctors found her mother competent enough to make her own decisions and live at home.

“Every incident of alleged elder exploitation or abuse touches our heart and never fails to shock us,” Miami-Dade State Attorney Katherine Fernandez Rundle said at a news conference. “It seems particularly harder to understand when the alleged perpetrator of the exploitation is a daughter, or a son or another blood relative.”

Areu has not publicly responded to the charges. The investigation is ongoing.

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