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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.

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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Funeral director accused of stealing $300K from elderly neighbor

Thursday June 19th 2014
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NORTH PHILADELPHIA (WPVI) – A funeral director in North Philadelphia is under arrest, charged with stealing hundreds of thousands of dollars from an elderly woman. The 89-year-old victim’s niece and nephew contacted the Philadelphia Corporation for Aging a year ago.  Police say after a year-long investigation, funeral director Antoine Turay turned himself in today...
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Seminar focuses on financial scams against elderly

Tuesday June 17th 2014
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(Philadelphia) American seniors have lost an estimated $2.9 billion in financial scams in the last decade, and financial institutions need to do more to protect them, experts suggested at a meeting Monday. Jason Karlawish, a psychiatrist at the University of Pennsylvania who studies seniors and memory loss, said this is a public health problem...
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Special Elder Abuse Unit Protects Older Pennsylvanians

Friday May 23rd 2014
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Created in August 2006, the PA Attorney General’s Elder Abuse Unit investigates and prosecutes those who cheat, deceive or abuse older Pennsylvanians. The unit is comprised of prosecutors, agents and support staff. A special section within the unit educates the public about senior fraud and teaches them how to avoid being victimized. Elder abuse...
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Schuylkill Elder Abuse Prevention Alliance commemorates 10 years

Thursday May 15th 2014
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Schuylkill Elder Abuse Prevention Alliance commemorates 10 years

“For no other reason than we will all be old.” Those are the words engraved on the monument dedicated Wednesday to serve as both a memorial to victims of elder abuse and a call to action for those that see it. The Schuylkill Elder Abuse Prevention Alliance purchased the memorial to commemorate its 10th...
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Calling attention to elder abuse

Friday April 25th 2014
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JOHNSTOWN — As far as states with the oldest populations go, Pennsylvania hovers near the top, depending on which statistical report you read. Along with an ever-growing elderly demographic comes more instances of seniors being abused or cheated out of money. Local community leaders and officials from the state Department of Aging organized a...
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Some charges dropped in nursing home assault case

Monday April 21st 2014
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Prosecutors agreed Wednesday to drop two counts of simple assault against a nursing home employee who allegedly held an elderly patient down by the arms and put a pillow over her face. A misdemeanor charge of neglect against Tanya L. Harlos, employee at Guardian Elder Care Center in Nanticoke, was bound over to the...
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Franklin-area financial adviser accused of stealing more than $180K from 97-year-old

Wednesday April 16th 2014
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VERNON TOWNSHIP — An elderly Meadville woman’s financial adviser has been charged with stealing more than $180,000 worth of her money over a nearly three-year period. David E.A. Seagren, 69, of 455 Wendy Way, Franklin, was arraigned Monday before Magisterial District Judge Michael Rossi on more than 50 felony charges filed by Meadville Police....
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