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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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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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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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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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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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