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Luzerne, Wyoming County Elder Abuse task forces to hold seminars

Wednesday October 8th 2014
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FACTORYVILLE — The Luzerne/Wyoming Counties Elder Abuse Task Force will sponsor two seminars this month.The first is a “Senior Abuse and Fraud” seminar that will be held on Friday, Oct. 17 at 11 a.m. at the Mathewson Park Apartments, 6 Maple St., Factoryville. Representatives of the Pennsylvania Attorney General and Victims Resource Center will...
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Caregiver convicted of stealing $500,000 from elderly man, killing him

Wednesday October 8th 2014
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SAN DIEGO (CNS) – A caregiver who stole more than $500,000 from an 88-year-old Rancho Bernardo man, then killed him so she could be independently wealthy was convicted Tuesday of first-degree murder and other charges. Denise Michelle Goodwin, 47, will be sent to prison for life without the possibility of parole at a hearing...
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David Lynn Patton Sent to Prison for Stealing from Elderly Aunt

Wednesday October 8th 2014
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David Lynn Patton Sent to Prison for Stealing from Elderly Aunt

CLARION, Pa. (EYT) – It’s off to prison for David Lynn Patton of Knox. Bail for Patton, of Knox, was revoked today after a special hearing before Judge James G. Arner in the Clarion County Courthouse, and he was immediately transported to Clarion County Jail and will later be transferred to a State Prison....
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Nationally known family of thieves preys on Central New York elderly

Monday September 29th 2014
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SYRACUSE, N.Y. — Chanel Lakatosz’s obituary says almost nothing of her 26-year life. There’s no mention of her belonging to a family that preys on the elderly through daytime burglaries in places such as Atlantic City, Chicago, Philadelphia and other communities east of the Mississippi river. Or of her death in a Syracuse jail...
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Superior Court Affirms Ruling Against Knox Man Found Guilty of Stealing $250k from 88 year old Aunt

Wednesday September 24th 2014
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CLARION, Pa. (EYT) – The Superior Court of Pennsylvania has affirmed the Nov. 6, 2012, conviction of a Knox man for the theft of over $250,000.00 from his 88-year old aunt. David Lynn Patton, of Knox, was found guilty in Clarion Court of Common Pleas on a total of 95 counts of Theft by...
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Owner of Costa Rican Call Center Pleads Guilty to Defrauding Elderly Through Sweepstakes Scam

Monday September 22nd 2014
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A dual United States-Costa Rican citizen pleaded guilty today for his role in a $1.88 million sweepstakes fraud scheme that defrauded hundreds of elderly Americans. Assistant Attorney General Leslie R. Caldwell of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division and U.S. Attorney Anne M. Tompkins of the Western District of North Carolina made the announcement. Geoffrey...
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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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