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Is Harper Lee killing her own Mockingbird?

Monday April 6th 2015
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In February, the internationally acclaimed novelist Harper Lee surprised the world with news that in July, HarperCollins will publish her second novel, Go Set a Watchman. The publisher unveiled the cover two weeks ago. Written before her masterwork To Kill a Mockingbird, this one had been buried in a drawer for decades. Long ago,...
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Sentenced to 10 years in prison for stealing from elderly clients

Thursday March 26th 2015
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A Northfield (NJ) attorney who used her work with elderly clients to bilk them out of millions was sentenced to 10 years in prison Wednesday. “I and I alone allowed this to happen,” Barbara Lieberman told the judge before being sentenced. “I alone put my law license and the integrity of the legal profession...
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FINRA Foundation Research Reveals Fraud Victims Vulnerable to Severe Stress, Anxiety and Depression

Friday March 20th 2015
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News Release  WASHINGTON — The FINRA Investor Education Foundation issued a new research report, Non-Traditional Costs of Financial Fraud, which found that nearly two thirds of self-reported financial fraud victims experienced at least one non-financial cost of fraud to a serious degree—including severe stress, anxiety, difficulty sleeping and depression. While the Stanford Financial Fraud...
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Chambersburg woman sentenced for involuntary manslaughter of her mother

Thursday March 19th 2015
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CHAMBERSBURG >> A Franklin County judge asked a Chambersburg woman for a better understanding of how her mother died, but the woman was unable to provide any answers. “The picture painted by the pre-sentence report, by the letters, by you … does not equal what happened in this case,” Franklin County Judge Jeremiah Zook...
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Man who conned WWII vet gets long sentence

Tuesday March 17th 2015
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A South Philadelphia man accused of conning an octogenarian World War II veteran out of his home, personal property, and two vintage cars was found guilty of fraud Friday and sentenced to 71/4 to 141/2 years in prison. The Common Pleas Court jury deliberated about four hours before finding Melvin McIlwaine, 61, guilty of...
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Former finance adviser guilty on all charges of bilking elderly woman

Friday March 13th 2015
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A former financial adviser accused of stealing money from an elderly Meadville woman was found guilty on 52 theft and forgery-related charges and placed in Crawford County jail with additional bond on Thursday. David E.A. Seagren, 70, of Bradford successfully withdrew his guilty plea in February, losing his initial plea agreement with the Crawford...
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Maine task force recommends more resources to fight exploitation of elderly

Thursday March 12th 2015
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Financial exploitation crimes against the elderly in Maine aren’t being adequately investigated or prosecuted because of a variety of roadblocks throughout the justice system, including lack of training and misconceptions about the crimes, a state attorney general’s task force has concluded. In the report released Wednesday, the task force recommended changes to state law...
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Dauphin County devotes county detective to investigation of elder abuse

Wednesday March 4th 2015
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A growing caseload of senior citizens being abused in their homes has spurred Dauphin County to dedicate a county detective to these investigations. Roxanne Snider, a former investigator in the county Area Agency on Aging’s Elder Abuse Taskforce, started in her new role in the district attorney’s office in November. “It’s something I’m really passionate about,”...
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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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