Ramey Man Found Guilty of Stealing from Client

Tuesday September 2nd 2014
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CLEARFIELD – Jurors deliberated for approximately an hour Friday afternoon before finding a Ramey man guilty of stealing $120,000 from an elderly client while serving as a financial advisor in October of 2010.

Frank C. Stewart, 48, of Ramey was found guilty of theft by deception and theft by unlawful taking. He was also found guilty of one count of forgery for a handwritten note; he was found not guilty of forgery as related to an annuity check.

District Attorney William A. Shaw Jr. prosecuted the case on behalf of the commonwealth. Stewart was represented by defense attorney Ron Collins. Judge Paul E. Cherry presided over the three-day trial.

Stewart will face a mandatory minimum of one year of incarceration for just the theft by deception charge since the victim was a senior citizen, said Shaw. He noted that Stewart didn’t have a prior record but has another theft case pending against him.

According to Shaw, the (Clearfield) county’s Area Agency on Aging handles a lot of cases similar to this one. He said he was proud of the agency’s protective service’s unit and wanted the community to be aware of its work. He also commended the CCAAA, local financial institutions and state police for their efforts into the “paper-intensive” investigation. Read more »

PS Supervisors Enrichment

Sunday August 24th 2014
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The training will cover topics that provide opportunities and address obstacles to enhancing our delivery of protective services across the network in conducting investigations and protective services delivery.

This training is open to Area Agency on Aging supervisors and administrators.

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PS Basic Enrichment – Safety

Friday August 15th 2014
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Protective service investigators are confronted by increasingly dangerous situations. This training will teach participants to practically assess and address situations that place investigators at physical and psychological risk, including the issue of protecting the worker’s own personal privacy. Read more »

Legal Education Course: Collaboration Between Prosecutors and the Aging Services Network in Protecting Older Pennsylvanians

Friday August 15th 2014
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The Pennsylvania Department of Aging and Institute on Protective Services is offering Attorney training on May 20, 2015.  The sessions are open only to district attorneys, assistant district attorneys, county detectives, and Area Agencies on Aging solicitors covering all 67 counties throughout the Commonwealth. Sessions are free of charge, but advance registration is required. Lunch will be offered.

Participants will receive 6.5 Hours of Continuing Legal Education: 5.5 substantive and 1 ethics.

The training is being offered at the Hershey Country Club, 1000 E Derry Rd, Hershey, PA 17033, (717) 533-2360.
Registration
The registration due dates is May 10, 2015

 
Training Details
This training will run from 8:30A to 4:30P with sign-in beginning at 8:00A. Morning and afternoon refreshments will be served. Lunch is provided.

Participants will receive 6.5 Hours of Continuing Legal Education: 5.5 substantive and 1 ethics.
Questions
For more information, please contact Ronald Costen.

DA: Contractor Took $450,000 From Elderly Homeowner

Wednesday August 13th 2014
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SHENANDOAH — Investigators in Schuylkill County are trying to find a contractor who allegedly ripped off an elderly man in Shenandoah.

Schuylkill County detectives say Anthony Montanari a contractor from Weston in Luzerne County took more than $450,000 from an elderly man in Shenandoah Heights, promising to do work on his home that was never finished.  Now detectives say one part of the man’s home is dangerous for him to use.  The money was paid to Montanari over several years and police say he used it to buy snowmobiles, dirt trucks, and property throughout the region. Read more »

Fall 2014 Protective Services Basic Training October 21 to 24

Monday August 11th 2014
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October 21st to 24th, we are offering Protective Services Basic Training in State College.

This 3 ½ day course is the mandatory training for staff that will conduct protective service investigations. The training is focused on the basic knowledge and tools that AAA staff need to know to conduct thorough and comprehensive investigations. Training modules are based on OAPSA and related regulations. Participants must complete all 3 ½ days of training.

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OAPS Training Calendar for 2014 – 2015

Monday August 11th 2014
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During the 2014-15 training period, will be offering seven basic enrichment trainings, two sessions of the basic OAPS trainings,  two five year refresher trainings, and three advanced/supervisor enrichment trainings. Below you will find a listing of our trainings as well as a link to training and registration information.  These course are open to Area Agency on Aging staff only.

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OAPS Basic Enrichment – Financial Exploitation Investigations – September 23, 2014 – Wilkes-Barre

Monday August 11th 2014
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On September 23, 2014 we are offering the training Financial Exploitation Investigations in Wilkes-Barre. This training is open to Area Agency on Aging staff and provides protective services enrichment credits.

This course will review and build on the investigative foundations developed by Certified Fraud Examiner Linda Mill.    It will focus on standardized forms, case studies and complex investigations, as well as a discussion of key legal issues by Dr. Costen. 

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OAPS Basic Enrichment – Self Neglect & Executive Functioning – April 29, 2015 – Lancaster

Monday August 11th 2014
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On April 29, 2015 we are offering the training on Self Neglect & Executive Functioning. This training is open to Area Agency on Aging staff and provides protective services enrichment credits.

Consumers that self-neglect frequently present as cognitively intact but may have executive functioning limitations.  Impaired executive function is not always as easily identified as impaired memory. This training will examine executive functioning and how to assess the consumer’s abilities, limitations and needs when allegations of self-neglect are received.  This training will be taught by Linda Shumaker and Lori Knockstead.

Linda Shumaker, RN-BC, MA, is a registered nurse currently serving as Outreach Coordinator of the Pennsylvania Behavioral Health and Aging Coalition. She has extensive clinical experience working in community mental health, geriatric assessment teams and long-term care.

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Spring 2015 Protective Services Basic Training – May 12 to 15

Monday August 11th 2014
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May 12 to 15, 2015, we are offering Protective Services Basic Training in State College.

This 3 ½ day course is the mandatory training for staff that will conduct protective service investigations. The training is focused on the basic knowledge and tools that AAA staff need to know to conduct thorough and comprehensive investigations. Training modules are based on OAPSA and related regulations. Participants must complete all 3 ½ days of training. Read more »

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