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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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N.J. attorney pleads guilty to stealing from elderly clients

Wednesday November 5th 2014
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An attorney who was once a respected practitioner of elder law in Atlantic County, N.J., pleaded guilty Monday to stealing millions of dollars from her clients. Barbara Lieberman, 62, of Northfield, will lose her law license in New Jersey and must pay $3 million in restitution to her victims, the state Attorney General’s Office...
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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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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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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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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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Financial Elder Abuse Near You

Friday September 5th 2014
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Elder financial abuse is being called the fastest growing area of crime in America. And it may be happening in your family, if you aren’t paying attention to a caregiver — or a relative — who, under the guise of being helpful, is syphoning off an elderly person’s life savings. According to a study...
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DOJ and HHS call for action to address abuse of older Americans

Friday August 1st 2014
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Elder Justice Roadmap outlines critical path to combating problem   Today, leaders in the fight against elder abuse announced a framework for tackling the highest priority challenges to elder abuse prevention and prosecution, and called on all Americans to take a stand against the serious societal problem of elder abuse, neglect and financial exploitation....
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