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Police: Kingston man cheated landlord out of more than $1K

Thursday July 31st 2014

A Kingston man led his landlord to believe he was helping him out by writing out checks to pay bills for him, but instead was writing them out to himself, according to an affidavit.  Ernest J. Taylor, 52, of 34 S. Loveland Ave., was charged with a single misdemeanor count of theft and seven felony counts each of forgery and identity theft for financially exploiting 84-year-old Stanley Kuboski for $1,246.

Kingston detectives started investigating after the area Agency on Aging received a confidential complaint July 10 about “seven suspicious checks made out to Mr. Taylor,” the affidavit said.  Investigators interviewed Kuboski, who said Taylor would often offer to help pay Kuboski’s bills by filling out checks since Taylor moved in next door about a year ago, the affidavit said. When investigators showed him the checks that were made out to Taylor, however, Kuboski said he never authorized any of them. Read more »

Personal Care Home Administrator Training: 2014-2015

Thursday July 31st 2014

The 2014-2015 training classes are being finalized and will be published soon.

2014-2105 Institute Training Calendar for OAPS

Thursday July 31st 2014

The 2014-2015 training classes are being finalized and will be published soon.

Johnstown man accused of stealing from sick, elderly aunt

Friday July 18th 2014

RICHLAND TOWNSHIP, Pa. — A Richland Township man has been arrested and accused of stealing from his 75-year-old aunt in the last few months of her life. Police are calling it a classic case of elder abuse with a twist. Richland Township police said they’re not surprised by the case. They told 6 News the defendant is a man they’ve arrested several times before for theft. What does surprise them this time is what he almost got away with.

Robert Vasilinda is in the Cambria County Prison facing felony theft charges after investigators said he took advantage of his sick and elderly aunt, a woman he used to live with, and used his privileges as power of attorney to steal from her up until her death. Police said he even used her identity to purchase himself a $29, 000 truck. “He titled the vehicle, insured it, licensed it — the whole nine yards — and did so with that power of attorney,” said Detective Thomas Keirn of the Richland Township Police Department. Police said he did it all by forging her name without her ever being present. Read more »

Elderly Shippenville Woman Victim of Scam; Florida Man Accused of Promising her $1,000,000 Jailed

Tuesday July 15th 2014

CLARION, Pa. (EYT) – A Florida man is in Clarion County Jail awaiting a preliminary hearing as a result of a scam in which he allegedly promised an elderly Shippenville woman a check for a million dollars after she sent him a large sum of money.

Clarion Borough Police, along with PSP Clarion, and the Clarion Area Agency of Aging investigated an incident in which an elderly woman sent a large amount of cash to an address listed in Davie, Florida, with the promise of getting a large check worth a million dollars or more.

According to a criminal complaint, on June 26, 2014, Officer William Peck, of Clarion Borough Police, was referred a missing person from PSP Clarion. A 79-year-old Shippenville woman was reported missing by her husband.

Her husband stated that at approximately 10:30 a.m. on June 26, his wife left the residence to meet some unknown person who had been calling her for a long period of time. He told Officer Peck that the unknown person promised her “gifts.”  He also said that he called S&T Bank and was told his wife withdrew $5,000.00 from their checking account.  He was was concerned because it had been hours, and his wife had not returned.

Peck located the elderly woman in the parking lot of Anderson Therapy on South 5th Street; she was talking on her cell phone.

When Peck made contact with her, he discovered that she was on the phone with the unknown person, and the phone number she was communicating with was “withheld.”

She ended the phone call and said she was “scammed” and was trying to get her money back. She sent the money Western Union at the Clarion K-Mart, and the person said that he would be at her house tonight to give her a check for over a million dollars. She had a receipt for Western Union wire transfer in the amount of $2,000.00. Read more »

Funeral director accused of stealing $300K from elderly neighbor

Thursday June 19th 2014

A funeral director in North Philadelphia is under arrest, charged with stealing hundreds of thousands of dollars from an elderly woman.

The 89-year-old victim’s niece and nephew contacted the Philadelphia Corporation for Aging a year ago.  Police say after a year-long investigation, funeral director Antoine Turay turned himself in today Wednesday.  Detectives from the Special Victims Unit worked with forensic accountants to comb through all of the victim’s accounts he allegedly stole from.

Between 2009 and 2013 police say Turay stole more than $300,000 from an elderly neighbor who suffered memory loss after a fall.  Philadelphia Police Lieutenant Anthony McFadden says, “He took advantage of it, where he was actually taking his own bank accounts and transferring monies back and forth, paying off his credit cards.” Read more »

Seminar focuses on financial scams against elderly

Tuesday June 17th 2014

(Philadelphia) American seniors have lost an estimated $2.9 billion in financial scams in the last decade, and financial institutions need to do more to protect them, experts suggested at a meeting Monday.

Jason Karlawish, a psychiatrist at the University of Pennsylvania who studies seniors and memory loss, said this is a public health problem and called for a “reboot” of the financial services industry.

“Who are these people selling stuff to seniors as their job?” he asked at a panel on financial abuse of the elderly, sponsored by the United Way in Center City. Though he hates the terms, he said, such people should become “senior certified” or “senior friendly.”

He also said seniors fall victim to scams from family and strangers not only for cultural and generational reasons – but also medical ones. “There are changes at the neural level that are tied to judgment,” he said. “Older adults are more likely to have trouble making risk-reward judgments.”

Research, he said, has shown that seniors “are much more oriented toward positive emotional experiences and will steer away from negative emotional experiences.” Hence, in some cases where seniors are experiencing cognitive decline, “when someone comes along and is very pleasant to you, you become more vulnerable.”

Markita Morris-Louis, vice president of community affairs and general counsel at Clarifi, who moderated the panel, suggested seniors should get something like an “annual financial wellness checkup,” in which someone trusted and certified could review their bank history and who has access to their account.

Joe Snyder, director of older adult services for the Philadelphia Corp. for Aging, said financial abuse by family members is much more common than by strangers, but “both can be deadly.”
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Providers of elder abuse shelters to meet in Ohio

Wednesday June 11th 2014

CINCINNATI (AP) — Pioneers in providing shelter for elder abuse victims are combining forces to expand efforts to give seniors an emergency refuge.

Eight such shelters have formed an alliance and will meet this week in suburban Cincinnati to share best practices and hear from experts on elder abuse, increasingly recognized as a problem for the aging U.S. population. It’s estimated that at least 2 million older Americans are abused, exploited or neglected every year, with many more cases likely going undetected.

The model of giving older victims a safe place to get emergency health, counseling and legal help while they stay among peers in a senior community has worked well, said Joy Solomon, who helps lead the Weinberg Center for Elder Abuse Prevention that opened in 2005 at New York City’s Hebrew Home.

“People are coming into an already established community of older adults with professional care and where their dignity is primary,” Solomon said. “Victims can begin to heal.” Read more »

World Elder Abuse Awareness Day

Wednesday June 4th 2014
World Elder Abuse Awareness Day

World Elder Abuse Awareness Day (WEAAD) was launched on June 15, 2006 by the International Network for the Prevention of Elder Abuse and the World Health Organization at the United Nations. The purpose of WEAAD is to provide an opportunity for communities around the world to promote a better understanding of abuse and neglect of older persons by raising awareness of the cultural, social, economic and demographic processes affecting elder abuse and neglect.

In addition, WEAAD is in support of the United Nations International Plan of Action acknowledging the significance of elder abuse as a public health and human rights issue. WEAAD serves as a call-to-action for individuals, organizations, and communities to raise awareness about elder abuse, neglect, and exploitation.

NCEA joins ACL in inviting you to take a stand against elder abuse and protect seniors. Visit the WEAAD microsite to find resources, events, and ideas to take action!

Special Elder Abuse Unit Protects Older Pennsylvanians

Friday May 23rd 2014

Created in August 2006, the PA Attorney General’s Elder Abuse Unit investigates and prosecutes those who cheat, deceive or abuse older Pennsylvanians.

The unit is comprised of prosecutors, agents and support staff.

A special section within the unit educates the public about senior fraud and teaches them how to avoid being victimized.

Elder abuse complaints are received from the toll free elder abuse hotline at (866) 623-2137. Well-trained staff help expedite assistance to senior citizens by providing information when the issue is not within the jurisdiction of the Office of Attorney General or by moving the referrals to the proper section within the office when appropriate, according to the PA Attorney General’s office. Read more »

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