Task Forces

The Institute has worked to establish task forces throughout Pennsylvania to address victimization of older adults. These 38 task forces and law enforcement collaborations are bringing community professionals together 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. If you are interested in starting a task force in your county contact the Institute at 717-221-1689.

County task force takes aim at scams on elderly

Wednesday July 1st 2015
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YORK, Pa. (WHTM) – York County’s Area Agency on Aging has launched a task force to investigate scams that target the elderly. The agency has teamed up with the district attorney’s office to educate seniors and investigate cases, and they’ll work with banks to monitor suspicious activity on accounts. So far, they’ve filed charges...
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Is Harper Lee killing her own Mockingbird?

Monday April 6th 2015
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In February, the internationally acclaimed novelist Harper Lee surprised the world with news that in July, HarperCollins will publish her second novel, Go Set a Watchman. The publisher unveiled the cover two weeks ago. Written before her masterwork To Kill a Mockingbird, this one had been buried in a drawer for decades. Long ago,...
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Chambersburg woman sentenced for involuntary manslaughter of her mother

Thursday March 19th 2015
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CHAMBERSBURG >> A Franklin County judge asked a Chambersburg woman for a better understanding of how her mother died, but the woman was unable to provide any answers. “The picture painted by the pre-sentence report, by the letters, by you … does not equal what happened in this case,” Franklin County Judge Jeremiah Zook...
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Man who conned WWII vet gets long sentence

Tuesday March 17th 2015
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A South Philadelphia man accused of conning an octogenarian World War II veteran out of his home, personal property, and two vintage cars was found guilty of fraud Friday and sentenced to 71/4 to 141/2 years in prison. The Common Pleas Court jury deliberated about four hours before finding Melvin McIlwaine, 61, guilty of...
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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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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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Northampton County district attorney throws support behind elder abuse task force

Wednesday December 17th 2014
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When asked whether he would help out with a Northampton County task force on elder abuse, John Morganelli thought of the victims of Richard Freer. “Millions of dollars were taken from a number of senior citizens who had trusted their financial advisor,” he said at a news conference Tuesday. Morganelli said he will help...
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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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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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Luzerne, Wyoming County Elder Abuse task forces to hold seminars

Wednesday October 8th 2014
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FACTORYVILLE — The Luzerne/Wyoming Counties Elder Abuse Task Force will sponsor two seminars this month.The first is a “Senior Abuse and Fraud” seminar that will be held on Friday, Oct. 17 at 11 a.m. at the Mathewson Park Apartments, 6 Maple St., Factoryville. Representatives of the Pennsylvania Attorney General and Victims Resource Center will...
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