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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.

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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West Philly couple charged in abduction, robbery of elderly woman

Friday April 4th 2014
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A WEST PHILLY couple is accused of kidnapping an elderly woman and draining her bank account Monday, police said. And it may not be the first time they’ve allegedly preyed on such a victim. Vickson Korlewala, 57, and Lorpu Korlewala, 51, were arrested today and charged with robbery, kidnapping and related offenses after the...
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Elder abuse on the rise

Monday March 31st 2014
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(part 1 of a 5 part series “Coming of Age”) Snow, freezing rain and harsh winds buffeted the house on River Road in Tinicum. When the power went out, some people flicked on generators to keep the essentials going — heat, hot water. Others drove to the homes of family or friends who had...
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Two Middle Paxton Twp. women accused of neglect of 88-year-old woman

Thursday March 20th 2014
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Two Middle Paxton Township women are facing charges for the neglect of an 88-year-old relative, who investigators say was living in a home full of rotten food, trash and animal excrement, which resulted in serious injuries. Dauphin County investigators filed charges against two Middle Paxton Township women after an 88-year-old relative was found to...
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Dauphin County man stole $30K from his grandparents to feed heroin habit, state police say

Thursday March 20th 2014
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A Berrysburg man was arrested Wednesday after state police said he stole $30,000 from his grandparents to feed his heroin habit. Robert Lawrence Behney, 35, of the 100 block of West Main Street, is charged with three third-degree felonies, which include two counts of theft and receiving stolen property. Police allege that Behney, who...
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International Fugitive Returned to Chester County for Prosecution

Thursday March 13th 2014
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PRESS RELEASE DISTRICT ATTORNEY’S OFFICE OF CHESTER COUNTY Chester County District Attorney Tom Hogan announced that defendant Jack Mayer, who fled Chester County criminal charges to hide in Europe and the Dominican Republic, has been captured and returned to Chester County. The defendant was charged in 2011 by the Downingtown Police Department with stealing...
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Corry woman admits neglecting mother, 86

Tuesday March 4th 2014
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A Corry woman pleaded guilty Thursday in Erie County Court to charges that she neglected her 86-year-old mother to the point that her mother was hospitalized with the type of pressure sores that reach muscle and bone. Valli J. Brandt, 54, said little in the hearing before President Judge Ernest J. DiSantis Jr. She...
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DA: Suspect in elder scam claimed to be DA

Friday February 28th 2014
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DA: Suspect in elder scam claimed to be DA

PHILADELPHIA – February 24, 2014 (WPVI) — Philadelphia District Attorney Seth Williams said a man has been charged with scamming an elderly World War II veteran by, in part, pretending to be District Attorney Seth Williams. Shelton Thomas, 47, is accused of stealing more than $95,000 from the 93-year-old victim. According to Williams, the...
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Local Senator Takes On Elder Abuse Issue

Monday February 3rd 2014
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PHILADELPHIA (CBS)–The number of elder abuse cases is increasing and one of Pennsylvania’s US Senators wants to do something about it. Senator Bob Casey has set up a central web resource to protect seniors from abuse and scams. He says information from each state shows cases of financial abuse, caregiver neglect and self neglect...
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Man charged with attempted murder for neglecting elderly mother

Monday January 27th 2014
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WEST OAK LANE Philadelphia police charged a West Oak Lane man with attempted murder Thursday, saying he starved and neglected his terminally ill mother – even going so far as cutting off the electricity that powered her oxygen tank, according to authorities. Lionel Bullock, 56, of the 7000 block of Woolston Avenue, was also...
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