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Johnstown man accused of stealing from sick, elderly aunt

Friday July 18th 2014
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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...
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Elderly Shippenville Woman Victim of Scam; Florida Man Accused of Promising her $1,000,000 Jailed

Tuesday July 15th 2014
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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...
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Funeral director accused of stealing $300K from elderly neighbor

Thursday June 19th 2014
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NORTH PHILADELPHIA (WPVI) – 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...
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Seminar focuses on financial scams against elderly

Tuesday June 17th 2014
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(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...
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Providers of elder abuse shelters to meet in Ohio

Wednesday June 11th 2014
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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...
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World Elder Abuse Awareness Day

Wednesday June 4th 2014
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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...
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Special Elder Abuse Unit Protects Older Pennsylvanians

Friday May 23rd 2014
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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...
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Hornbrook Memorial Award given to The Institute on Protective Services

Tuesday May 20th 2014
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Hornbrook Memorial Award given to The Institute on Protective Services

The Schuylkill Elder Abuse Prevention Alliance (SEAPA) hosted its third annual Hornbrook Memorial Awards luncheon at The Greystone Restaurant on May 14.  The luncheon was held in conjunction with the dedication of a monument to the victims of elder abuse. (read more about the monument here) The awards are named in honor of John...
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Wausau woman gets prison in $250,000 elderly-fraud scheme

Monday May 19th 2014
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WAUSAU (WI) — A Wausau woman convicted of defrauding an elderly woman of more than $250,000 and using some of the money to bail friends out of jail will spend eight years in prison. Laurie A. Goetsch, 46, was found guilty in February in Marathon County Circuit Court of five felony theft charges in...
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Elderly American ‘money mule’ held at airport

Monday May 19th 2014
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(JAMAICA) A Hanover man, who allegedly recruited a 70-year-old American woman to operate as a ‘money mule’, is among three persons who were nabbed in recent anti-lottery scam operations in western Jamaica. The elderly woman, who is believed to have been a former victim who was apparently convinced by the ‘scammer’ to work as...
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