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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.

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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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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