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Woman charged with stealing $11,400 from her 99 year old grandmother with dementia

Wednesday February 18th 2015
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HARRISBURG, PA(WPMT)  A Schuylkill County woman is accused of stealing $11,400 in Social Security benefits from her grandmother, who has dementia and was not capable of consenting to the withdrawals from her bank account. State Attorney Office agents charged Kelly McAlonis, 41, of Pottsville,  with one count each of Theft by Deception, Theft by...
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A safe place for abused seniors

Thursday February 12th 2015
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Senior citizens who become the victims of abuse now have access to a special, temporary shelter through a new program run by a Rockville-based organization that provides housing and services for seniors. The ElderSAFE Center, established within the Charles E. Smith Life Communities in September 2014, offers “a full panoply” of senior-focused medical services...
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Pittsburgh woman accused of swindling more than $13,000 from elderly aunt

Thursday February 12th 2015
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A Pittsburgh woman accused of using her power of attorney to swindle more than $13,000 from her elderly aunt surrendered Tuesday in Pittsburgh Municipal Court.  Stacey Bright, 52, was charged Feb. 6 with misuse of entrusted property and theft by unlawful taking after the district attorney’s office received a tip from Department of Aging...
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Senate Special Committee on Aging Hearing

Thursday February 5th 2015
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The Senate Special Committee on Aging held a hearing on financial exploitation of vulnerable older adults on Wednesday, February 4. The hearing is titled, “Broken Trust:  Combating Financial Exploitation of Vulnerable Seniors.” Present at the hearing was: U.S. Senator Susan M. Collins (Maine); U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill (Missouri); Judith Shaw, Securities Administrator of Maine...
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Chambersburg woman pleads no contest in death of mother

Thursday February 5th 2015
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CHAMBERSBURG >> A Chambersburg woman pleaded no contest Wednesday to involuntary manslaughter for allegedly criminally neglecting her mother Harriett Wolfe, resulting in her death. Linda R. Brown, 61, entered the plea agreement to the first degree misdemeanor charge to Franklin County judge Jeremiah D. Zook, a change from her original charge of first degree...
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2nd Pa. Atty Disbarred Over Role In Annuities Scheme

Monday January 26th 2015
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The Pennsylvania Supreme Court on Friday disbarred a second attorney involved in a scheme to aggressively market living trusts to senior citizens using nonattorneys, who allegedly sold the legal services based on exaggerations and misrepresentations. The order against Barry O. Bohmueller comes on the heels of the disbarment of his alleged partner in the...
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New England financial advisor admits he stole $645,000 from elderly

Tuesday January 20th 2015
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BOSTON (WGME) – A New England financial advisor is going to prison for stealing hundreds of thousands of dollars from his clients. “It’s taken me awhile to get myself back on my feet. I’m still not on my feet,” fraud victim Dorothy Kerzner said.  Kerzner has a hard time accepting she lost more than...
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No contest plea in neglect case

Thursday January 15th 2015
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SUNBURY – A Mount Carmel man pleaded no contest Monday to three criminal charges for neglecting his elderly mother and forging her pension checks totaling more $1,150. Joseph Francis Campbell, 57, entered the plea to felonies of neglect of a care-dependent person and forgery, and a misdemeanor of recklessly endangering another person on the...
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Couple pleads guilty to fatally neglecting 70-year-old stroke victim

Monday January 5th 2015
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A Ross Township couple is awaiting sentencing after entering guilty pleas Friday to third-degree murder for fatally neglecting a 70-year-old stroke victim left in their care. John Tedesco, 45, and Tina Tedesco, 38, each face 12 to 40 years in state prison in the 2011 death of Barbara Rabins, 70. The couple entered guilty...
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Gambling addicted bank manager gets federal prison for stealing from elderly customers

Monday January 5th 2015
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HARRISBURG – Former bank manager Tiffany K. Look was visibly distraught even before a federal judge walked into the courtroom Monday morning. She had reason to be. Moments later, U.S. Middle District Judge John E. Jones III sentenced Look, 40, of Harrisburg, to 2 years in federal prison for stealing nearly $140,000 from elderly...
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