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N.H. elder abuse law meant to protect elderly from exploitation by ‘people they trust’

Friday December 19th 2014
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Lawmakers and advocates are hopeful a new law set to take effect Jan. 1 will help protect the state’s elderly and disabled populations from financial exploitation.Each year nearly $3 billion is lost nationally through abuse of elderly victims, said Concord Rep. Katherine Rogers, a prime sponsor of the bill that Gov. Maggie Hassan signed...
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Guilty plea in scam that left World War II veteran homeless in South Phila

Wednesday December 17th 2014
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Ray White, a 90-year-old World War II veteran, was left homeless after befriending a con man who systematically scammed him out of his South Philadelphia house, vintage Bentley and Cadillac, and everything else he valued. On Tuesday, 61-year-old Melvin McIlwaine pleaded guilty to cheating White of his worldly possessions, clearing the way for the...
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Northampton County district attorney throws support behind elder abuse task force

Wednesday December 17th 2014
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When asked whether he would help out with a Northampton County task force on elder abuse, John Morganelli thought of the victims of Richard Freer. “Millions of dollars were taken from a number of senior citizens who had trusted their financial advisor,” he said at a news conference Tuesday. Morganelli said he will help...
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Brooklyn Man Charged in Phone Fraud That Targeted Elderly People

Thursday December 11th 2014
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The calls to the grandparents last year usually began the same way. First, someone identifying himself as a state trooper, a sergeant or a lawyer, would get on the line suggesting that a child or grandchild had been arrested and jailed on a drug offense. The grandparent would then be asked to send bail...
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From dignity to death

Thursday December 4th 2014
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HOW Prane Paciunas must have suffered in the last months of her life. Not just from the pain of deep, maggot-infested bedsores. Not just from the agony of starvation. But from the absolute betrayal of Jean Marie Dombrowski, 48, the woman she’d trusted to care for her. The more I learn about the simple,...
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Authorities investigate E. Frankford case of elder abuse

Tuesday November 25th 2014
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PHILADELPHIA – The live-in caregiver of an elderly East Frankford woman was being held on assault charges after the woman in her care was found starving, covered in filth, and suffering from festering, maggot-infested sores. She later died in what city prosecutors Monday called one of the most horrific cases of elder abuse their...
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Police: Man bilked mom

Tuesday November 25th 2014
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DANVILLE – A borough man charged with stealing his mother’s Social Security and forging her life insurance policy totaling nearly $14,000 will face Montour County court action.   Stanley R. Phleger, Jr. waived his right to a preliminary hearing Wednesday before District Judge Marvin Shrawder. Mahoning Township police charged him with forgery, theft by failure...
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Erie-area man convicted of stealing from elderly woman

Monday November 24th 2014
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A 91-year-old woman’s dementia is so severe that she could not testify at the trial of a Wesleyville man accused of stealing $15,000 from her in 2012 and 2013. The defendant, David Burrows, testified the woman knew what she was doing when she gave him power of attorney over her finances. The jurors rejected...
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Fighting for Lancaster County’s most “vulnerable” victims — the elderly and disabled

Monday November 24th 2014
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The elderly. Adults and children with disabilities. “I’m driven to protect the most vulnerable,” the 44-year-old mother of three said last week. Often times, they are elderly widows or widowers duped of savings by a trusted confidant. Or a mentally- or physically-disabled person victimized by someone close to them. About 100 such cases have...
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Supreme Court announces new measures to combat elder abuse

Thursday November 20th 2014
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Pennsylvania has the fourth largest population of senior citizens in the country – and that number is growing. Come January they will have an office within the state court system dedicating to improving the response of the judiciary and government agencies to elder abuse and neglect. The Pennsylvania Supreme Court said today it wil...
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