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Court Decision Sets Precedent & Raises Awareness of Elder Abuse

Monday September 15th 2014
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A NYC Housing Court judge recently  found in favor of an older adult who was being abused by, and lived in fear of his immediate family members (Housing Court Huggins v. Randolph). Kings County Judge, Susan F. Avery, JHC based a significant portion of her findings on the rights of older adults to live...
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U.S. Department of Justice Launches the Elder Justice Website

Friday September 12th 2014
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The site offers resources for victims, family members, prosecutors, researchers, and anyone who works with older adults. Victims and family members will find information about how to report elder abuse and financial exploitation in all 50 states and the territories. Federal, State, and local prosecutors will find three different databases containing sample pleadings and...
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Guilty Plea in Elder Abuse Case

Monday September 8th 2014
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NEWPORT TOWNSHIP — A woman was sentenced to three years probation after pleading guilty Wednesday morning to neglect of a care dependent person. Investigators said Tonya Harlos of Mocanaqua got into a fight with an elderly patient in 2013.  (Click here to read the original news article) The patient at Guardian Elder Care near...
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Protect and Defend – Fraud Targeting Seniors

Friday September 5th 2014
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Fraud against seniors hits all walks of life and is in every community. Known losses, just through financial exploitation of seniors in the US, have reached $2.6 billion each year. This is estimated to be the tip of the iceberg (just 2% of cases reported) making a realistic estimate top out at $125 billion...
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Financial Elder Abuse Near You

Friday September 5th 2014
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Elder financial abuse is being called the fastest growing area of crime in America. And it may be happening in your family, if you aren’t paying attention to a caregiver — or a relative — who, under the guise of being helpful, is syphoning off an elderly person’s life savings. According to a study...
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Ramey Man Found Guilty of Stealing from Client

Tuesday September 2nd 2014
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CLEARFIELD – Jurors deliberated for approximately an hour Friday afternoon before finding a Ramey man guilty of stealing $120,000 from an elderly client while serving as a financial advisor in October of 2010. Frank C. Stewart, 48, of Ramey was found guilty of theft by deception and theft by unlawful taking. He was also...
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DA: Contractor Took $450,000 From Elderly Homeowner

Wednesday August 13th 2014
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SHENANDOAH — Investigators in Schuylkill County are trying to find a contractor who allegedly ripped off an elderly man in Shenandoah. Schuylkill County detectives say Anthony Montanari a contractor from Weston in Luzerne County took more than $450,000 from an elderly man in Shenandoah Heights, promising to do work on his home that was...
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OAPS Training Calendar for 2014 – 2015

Monday August 11th 2014
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During the 2014-15 training period, will be offering seven basic enrichment trainings, two sessions of the basic OAPS trainings,  two five year refresher trainings, and three advanced/supervisor enrichment trainings. Below you will find a listing of our trainings as well as a link to training and registration information.  These course are open to Area...
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OAPS Basic Enrichment – Financial Exploitation Investigations – October 15, 2014 – State College

Monday August 11th 2014
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On October 15, 2014 we are offering the training Financial Exploitation Investigations in State College. This training is open to Area Agency on Aging staff and provides protective services enrichment credits. This course will review and build on the investigative foundations developed by Certified Fraud Examiner Linda Mill.    It will focus on standardized...
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OAPS Basic Enrichment – Financial Exploitation Investigations – November 18, 2014 – Wexford

Monday August 11th 2014
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On November 18, 2014 we are offering the training Financial Exploitation Investigations in Wexford. This training is open to Area Agency on Aging staff and provides protective services enrichment credits. This course will review and build on the investigative foundations developed by Certified Fraud Examiner Linda Mill.    It will focus on standardized forms,...
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