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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.

Dauphin County devotes county detective to investigation of elder abuse

Wednesday March 4th 2015
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A growing caseload of senior citizens being abused in their homes has spurred Dauphin County to dedicate a county detective to these investigations. Roxanne Snider, a former investigator in the county Area Agency on Aging’s Elder Abuse Taskforce, started in her new role in the district attorney’s office in November. “It’s something I’m really passionate about,”...
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Woman charged with stealing $11,400 from her 99 year old grandmother with dementia

Wednesday February 18th 2015
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HARRISBURG, PA(WPMT)  A Schuylkill County woman is accused of stealing $11,400 in Social Security benefits from her grandmother, who has dementia and was not capable of consenting to the withdrawals from her bank account. State Attorney Office agents charged Kelly McAlonis, 41, of Pottsville,  with one count each of Theft by Deception, Theft by...
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Pittsburgh woman accused of swindling more than $13,000 from elderly aunt

Thursday February 12th 2015
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A Pittsburgh woman accused of using her power of attorney to swindle more than $13,000 from her elderly aunt surrendered Tuesday in Pittsburgh Municipal Court.  Stacey Bright, 52, was charged Feb. 6 with misuse of entrusted property and theft by unlawful taking after the district attorney’s office received a tip from Department of Aging...
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Chambersburg woman pleads no contest in death of mother

Thursday February 5th 2015
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CHAMBERSBURG >> A Chambersburg woman pleaded no contest Wednesday to involuntary manslaughter for allegedly criminally neglecting her mother Harriett Wolfe, resulting in her death. Linda R. Brown, 61, entered the plea agreement to the first degree misdemeanor charge to Franklin County judge Jeremiah D. Zook, a change from her original charge of first degree...
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2nd Pa. Atty Disbarred Over Role In Annuities Scheme

Monday January 26th 2015
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The Pennsylvania Supreme Court on Friday disbarred a second attorney involved in a scheme to aggressively market living trusts to senior citizens using nonattorneys, who allegedly sold the legal services based on exaggerations and misrepresentations. The order against Barry O. Bohmueller comes on the heels of the disbarment of his alleged partner in the...
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No contest plea in neglect case

Thursday January 15th 2015
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SUNBURY – A Mount Carmel man pleaded no contest Monday to three criminal charges for neglecting his elderly mother and forging her pension checks totaling more $1,150. Joseph Francis Campbell, 57, entered the plea to felonies of neglect of a care-dependent person and forgery, and a misdemeanor of recklessly endangering another person on the...
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Couple pleads guilty to fatally neglecting 70-year-old stroke victim

Monday January 5th 2015
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A Ross Township couple is awaiting sentencing after entering guilty pleas Friday to third-degree murder for fatally neglecting a 70-year-old stroke victim left in their care. John Tedesco, 45, and Tina Tedesco, 38, each face 12 to 40 years in state prison in the 2011 death of Barbara Rabins, 70. The couple entered guilty...
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Gambling addicted bank manager gets federal prison for stealing from elderly customers

Monday January 5th 2015
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HARRISBURG – Former bank manager Tiffany K. Look was visibly distraught even before a federal judge walked into the courtroom Monday morning. She had reason to be. Moments later, U.S. Middle District Judge John E. Jones III sentenced Look, 40, of Harrisburg, to 2 years in federal prison for stealing nearly $140,000 from elderly...
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Guilty plea in scam that left World War II veteran homeless in South Phila

Wednesday December 17th 2014
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Ray White, a 90-year-old World War II veteran, was left homeless after befriending a con man who systematically scammed him out of his South Philadelphia house, vintage Bentley and Cadillac, and everything else he valued. On Tuesday, 61-year-old Melvin McIlwaine pleaded guilty to cheating White of his worldly possessions, clearing the way for the...
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From dignity to death

Thursday December 4th 2014
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HOW Prane Paciunas must have suffered in the last months of her life. Not just from the pain of deep, maggot-infested bedsores. Not just from the agony of starvation. But from the absolute betrayal of Jean Marie Dombrowski, 48, the woman she’d trusted to care for her. The more I learn about the simple,...
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