Task Forces

The Institute has worked to establish task forces throughout Pennsylvania to address victimization of older adults. These task forces are hard at work collaborating to prosecute cases of victimization, breaking down walls that have preventing effective responses to victimization and educating the public to recognize and prevent victimization. Here, you can keep up with the efforts of the task forces.

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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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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$137,000 theft from senior earns five to 10 years in jail

Tuesday December 17th 2013
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MEDIA COURTHOUSE — A Marple woman who stole more than $137,000 from her mother’s best friend was sentenced to five to 10 years in a state correctional facility Tuesday.  The sentence for Madeline J. Guglielmo runs consecutive to a one- to two-year sentence handed down by Judge Patricia Jenkins last month for violating probation...
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Montco conference studies elder abuse

Monday October 21st 2013
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CONSHOHOCKEN It’s a frigid January day when a neighbor calls police after seeing an 82-year-old friend outside without a coat. Officers help the elderly woman back into her home, where they find bone-thin cats amid scatterings of kitty litter, garbage, and piles of paper. No relatives can be located to come and support their...
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There’s help for seniors being abused

Monday October 14th 2013
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MERCER COUNTY — An elderly woman is dropped off at a senior center in a horrible state – starving and emaciated. Her grandson said she ran out of money and he couldn’t pay the rent. Turns out he spent $86,000 of her money on drugs and other amenities for himself. “This is not an...
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Elder abuse task force issues warning

Friday September 13th 2013
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HARRISBURG, Pa. (WHTM) - Officials in Dauphin County are issuing a warning for senior citizens. They are some our most vulnerable citizens and criminals are taking advantage of them. Authorities arrested two people for scamming seniors out of thousands of dollars. Officials said car salesman, Theron Goldman, submitted loans for more than the car...
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Ramey man to stand trial on forgery charges

Friday September 13th 2013
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A financial advisor accused of stealing $120,000 from a client had all charges bound over for court following a preliminary hearing before Magisterial District Judge Jerome Nevling at yesterday’s session of Centralized Court held at the Clearfield County Jail. Frank C. Stewart, 47, of Ramey is charged with six counts of forgery, theft by...
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