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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.

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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Man faces up to 62 years in prison for bilking woman

Friday November 14th 2014
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With his response becoming quieter and quieter as he pleaded guilty in Crawford County Court of Common Pleas to each of eight charges, an elderly Meadville woman’s former financial adviser now faces more than six decades in prison. When he is sentenced in January, David E.A. Seagren, 69, of Bradford could be sentenced to...
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Attorney General Kane announces arrest of Philadelphia man for Medicaid fraud

Friday November 7th 2014
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HARRISBURG – Attorney General Kane today announced Medicaid fraud and other charges against a Philadelphia man for defrauding more than $82,000 by claiming to care for his brother when he was being cared for by a hospital, and after he died. The Attorney General’s Medicaid Fraud Control Section presented evidence to a statewide investigating...
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York County forms task force to combat elder abuse

Wednesday November 5th 2014
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A new task force will aim to combat an increasing problem in York County: Elder abuse. The new initiative will see members of the private sector team up with local law enforcement and county officials to identify needs of the county’s older adults in order to better protect them from abuse. Dianna Benaknin, director...
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Former Phila. City Hall Clerk Sentenced For Stealing Elderly Neighbor’s Benefits

Friday October 31st 2014
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PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — A former clerk to Philadelphia City Council was sentenced today to four years’ probation and ordered to make restitution after admitting she stole Social Security benefits from an elderly neighbor in her care. Investigators say defendant Nancy Gonzalez and her then-boyfriend, the victim’s great-nephew, stole more than $30,000 intended for victim...
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Pennsylvania woman gets prison for abusing elderly husband

Tuesday October 28th 2014
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DOYLESTOWN — A 74-year-old suburban Philadelphia woman has been sentenced to at least a month in prison for beating her elderly husband and locking him, naked, outside their home in freezing temperatures. Dolores Labrum pleaded guilty in Bucks County Court to charges that include simple assault, false imprisonment and reckless endangerment, the Bucks County...
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