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Crimes Against Elderly on the Rise

October 4th, 2010


Reported on September 2, 2010 by Sarah Buynovsky of WNEP:

One day after a Luzerne County woman was charged with stealing from her elderly aunt and uncle, investigators are speaking out about elder abuse.

Edwardsville Police Sergeant Hal Bond said he has seen the elderly taken advantage of time and time again. He is investigating a case right now in which a caller tried to scam a woman out thousands by telling her she won a million dollar prize. “There just seems to be more phone calls going in and more elderly people falling for the scam,” said Bond.

Edwardsville is not the only police department busy with elder abuse crimes.

Marisa Harlen of Kingston was arrested Wednesday, charged with stealing more than a $100,000 from her elderly aunt and uncle.

Brando Johnson is accused by Kingston police of using her job at Kingston Commons, a nursing home, to befriend and then steal from an elderly woman and a former administrator of a personal care home in Schuylkill County was charged with taking more than $60,000 from patients’ accounts and recently ordered to repay the money.

“We’re seeing more and more of it. More and more cases are being reported to this office and to local police,” said Luzerne County Detective Larry Fabian. He investigates elder abuse cases for Luzerne County and said these crimes seem to be on the rise, especially financial scams.

“Most of this financial exploitation is occurring with the involvement of family members and close friends of the elderly person so be very cautious.” Fabian said.

Investigators are warning the elderly to be cautious about their money. They recommend talking with a financial adviser and attorney before making any major decisions and never giving out personal or financial information.

“Over the phone you give no information, you don’t even give your name over the phone, is something is suspicious, call the police department” advised Bond.

Based in San Diego, California, the Elder Law attorneys at Kurniadi & Kurniadi, APC represent individuals and families throughout the region who have been physically or financially injured as a result of Elder Abuse. Contact the attorneys at Kurniadi & Kurniadi by calling (858) 755-0455 or by emailing info@kurniadilaw.com for a free consultation.