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Throughout Pennsylvania, a lot of effort has been made not only to investigate crimes against vulnerable adults but also to prosecute and bring publicity to these crimes. These efforts serve notice that crimes against vulnerable adults are not tolerated in the Commonwealth. PA News features articles that show the remarkable work of protective service investigators and law enforcement in protecting vulnerable adults.

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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Superior Court Affirms Ruling Against Knox Man Found Guilty of Stealing $250k from 88 year old Aunt

Wednesday September 24th 2014
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CLARION, Pa. (EYT) – The Superior Court of Pennsylvania has affirmed the Nov. 6, 2012, conviction of a Knox man for the theft of over $250,000.00 from his 88-year old aunt. David Lynn Patton, of Knox, was found guilty in Clarion Court of Common Pleas on a total of 95 counts of Theft by...
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Guilty Plea in Elder Abuse Case

Monday September 8th 2014
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NEWPORT TOWNSHIP — A woman was sentenced to three years probation after pleading guilty Wednesday morning to neglect of a care dependent person. Investigators said Tonya Harlos of Mocanaqua got into a fight with an elderly patient in 2013.  (Click here to read the original news article) The patient at Guardian Elder Care near...
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Ramey Man Found Guilty of Stealing from Client

Tuesday September 2nd 2014
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CLEARFIELD – Jurors deliberated for approximately an hour Friday afternoon before finding a Ramey man guilty of stealing $120,000 from an elderly client while serving as a financial advisor in October of 2010. Frank C. Stewart, 48, of Ramey was found guilty of theft by deception and theft by unlawful taking. He was also...
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DA: Contractor Took $450,000 From Elderly Homeowner

Wednesday August 13th 2014
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SHENANDOAH — Investigators in Schuylkill County are trying to find a contractor who allegedly ripped off an elderly man in Shenandoah. Schuylkill County detectives say Anthony Montanari a contractor from Weston in Luzerne County took more than $450,000 from an elderly man in Shenandoah Heights, promising to do work on his home that was...
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Four charged in connection with ‘grandparent scam,’ Pa. Attorney General’s Office says

Thursday August 7th 2014
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Four people, including three from the Philadephia area, have been charged in connection with a scam that targeted elderly victims throughout the country to steal thousands of dollars in a “Grandparent Scam,” Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane announced today. The scammers allegedly stole at least $162,600 and are accused of attempting to steal approximately $37,325...
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Homicide charge filed against niece in Hanover Township

Friday August 1st 2014
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HANOVER TWP. — Township police and Luzerne County detectives have charged Isis Ann Brown with the deadly assault of her aunt in March.  Brown, 34, has been jailed at the county correctional facility since her arrest on aggravated assault charges on March 28.Authorities allege Brown threw items at her aunt, Dorothy Koreny, 78, outside...
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Police: Kingston man cheated landlord out of more than $1K

Thursday July 31st 2014
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A Kingston man led his landlord to believe he was helping him out by writing out checks to pay bills for him, but instead was writing them out to himself, according to an affidavit.  Ernest J. Taylor, 52, of 34 S. Loveland Ave., was charged with a single misdemeanor count of theft and seven...
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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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