I am sorry to hear this;
A beneficiary of an estate is not liable for wrongful withdrawals by a third person as the beneficiary would have no authority, thus no responsibility, over that person.
If a third party, even a relative, wrongfully accessed money to which the beneficiary was entitled, the beneficiary can file a criminal charge, providing the local authorities with the relevant information. Furthermore, the beneficiary can file a suit against that person for conversion (the wrongful taking of a person's property) and sue for the amount of property taken.
CA has a small claim limit of $10,000 so the complaint would need to be filed in Superior court - Limited civil department is appropriate for cases under $25,000
The person wrongfully taking the money can also be charged with identity theft.
If the person lives in CA, the local authorities there would handle the case. CA does have a restitution program so the judge may order that the defendant pay restitution to the victim.
But again, the beneficiary is not liable for withdrawals that the beneficiary did not make.
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