Protecting Residents by Recognizing and Reporting Financial Abuse

Sunday August 10th 2014
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This course will provide Personal Care Home Administrators with an overview of financial exploitation and theft. Identification, legal issues, response and reporting will be explored.

Registration is Required for this Training

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Four charged in connection with ‘grandparent scam,’ Pa. Attorney General’s Office says

Thursday August 7th 2014
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Four people, including three from the Philadephia area, have been charged in connection with a scam that targeted elderly victims throughout the country to steal thousands of dollars in a “Grandparent Scam,” Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane announced today.

The scammers allegedly stole at least $162,600 and are accused of attempting to steal approximately $37,325 more. One victim alone, a woman from Texas, was allegedly defrauded out of $64,900, according to the attorney general’s office.

“Today, the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania shut down a scam that’s as sinister as it is pervasive,” Kane said in a press release. Read more »

Homicide charge filed against niece in Hanover Township

Friday August 1st 2014
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HANOVER TWP. — Township police and Luzerne County detectives have charged Isis Ann Brown with the deadly assault of her aunt in March.  Brown, 34, has been jailed at the county correctional facility since her arrest on aggravated assault charges on March 28.Authorities allege Brown threw items at her aunt, Dorothy Koreny, 78, outside their home on Solomon Street in Hanover Township.  Koreny died at Geisinger Wyoming Valley Medical Center in Plains Township on April 8.  An autopsy by forensic pathologist Dr. Mary Pascucci found Koreny died from traumatic head injuries, according to the county Coroner’s Office. Her death was ruled a homicide. Read more »

DOJ and HHS call for action to address abuse of older Americans

Friday August 1st 2014
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Elder Justice Roadmap outlines critical path to combating problem
 

Today, leaders in the fight against elder abuse announced a framework for tackling the highest priority challenges to elder abuse prevention and prosecution, and called on all Americans to take a stand against the serious societal problem of elder abuse, neglect and financial exploitation.

Research suggests that 1 in 10 Americans over the age of 60 has experienced elder abuse or neglect, and that people with dementia are at higher risk for abuse.

Supported by the Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), the Elder Justice Roadmap was developed by harnessing the expertise of hundreds of public and private stakeholders from across the country and by gathering their input. The goal of these expert summits was to identify the most critical priorities and concrete opportunities for greater public and private investment and engagement in elder abuse issues.

The Elder Justice Roadmap reflects the knowledge and perspectives of these experts in the field and will be considered by the Elder Justice Coordinating Council and others in developing their own strategic plans to prevent and combat elder abuse. Read more »

Police: Kingston man cheated landlord out of more than $1K

Thursday July 31st 2014
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A Kingston man led his landlord to believe he was helping him out by writing out checks to pay bills for him, but instead was writing them out to himself, according to an affidavit.  Ernest J. Taylor, 52, of 34 S. Loveland Ave., was charged with a single misdemeanor count of theft and seven felony counts each of forgery and identity theft for financially exploiting 84-year-old Stanley Kuboski for $1,246.

Kingston detectives started investigating after the area Agency on Aging received a confidential complaint July 10 about “seven suspicious checks made out to Mr. Taylor,” the affidavit said.  Investigators interviewed Kuboski, who said Taylor would often offer to help pay Kuboski’s bills by filling out checks since Taylor moved in next door about a year ago, the affidavit said. When investigators showed him the checks that were made out to Taylor, however, Kuboski said he never authorized any of them. Read more »

Sexual Abuse Identification, Response and Personal Care Home Obligations

Thursday July 31st 2014
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This course will provide Personal Care Home Administrators with an overview of sexual abuse.  Identification, response and reporting obligations will be discussed.

Registration is Required for this Training

Sign in – 8:00 am – 8:30 am / Training – 8:30 am – 3:30 pm

Please be prompt – certificates will not be issued for late arrivals. Training certificates for six credits will be issued to those who participate in the entire training.

Lunch is on your own

The course is offered at the following locations:

September 23, 2014 (Tuesday)
Harrisburg East Holiday Inn
4751 Lindle Road
Harrisburg, PA 17111

October 9, 2014 (Thursday)
Holiday Inn
100 Pine Street
Williamsport, PA 17701

October 10, 2014 (Friday)
Holiday Inn*
600 Wildflower Drive (RT 115)
Wilkes-Barre, PA 18702
*Formally Best Western

October 16, 2014 (Thursday)
Days Inn Meadville
18360 Conneaut Lake Road
Meadville, PA  16335

October 17, 2014 (Friday) – This class is full. Registrations are no longer being accepted.
Four Points by Sheraton
910 Sheraton Drive
Mars, PA 16046

November 6, 2014 (Thursday)
Ebensburg Center
Renaissance Room*
4501 Admiral Peary Highway
Ebensburg, PA 15931
*Building name is “Renaissance Room”

November 20, 2014 (Thursday)
Temple University
Health Sciences Corporate Offices
2450 West Hunting Park Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19129

November 21, 2014 (Friday)
Temple University Ambler Campus
Learning Center
580 Meetinghouse Road
Ambler, PA 19002

Seating is limited and Registration is Required. Limit 2 staff per home. If you register and later determine that you are unable to attend please be courteous and contact the Institute to remove your name from the registration list.

Please call us at 717-221-1695 for further information.

Johnstown man accused of stealing from sick, elderly aunt

Friday July 18th 2014
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RICHLAND TOWNSHIP, Pa. — A Richland Township man has been arrested and accused of stealing from his 75-year-old aunt in the last few months of her life. Police are calling it a classic case of elder abuse with a twist. Richland Township police said they’re not surprised by the case. They told 6 News the defendant is a man they’ve arrested several times before for theft. What does surprise them this time is what he almost got away with.

Robert Vasilinda is in the Cambria County Prison facing felony theft charges after investigators said he took advantage of his sick and elderly aunt, a woman he used to live with, and used his privileges as power of attorney to steal from her up until her death. Police said he even used her identity to purchase himself a $29, 000 truck. “He titled the vehicle, insured it, licensed it — the whole nine yards — and did so with that power of attorney,” said Detective Thomas Keirn of the Richland Township Police Department. Police said he did it all by forging her name without her ever being present. Read more »

Elderly Shippenville Woman Victim of Scam; Florida Man Accused of Promising her $1,000,000 Jailed

Tuesday July 15th 2014
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CLARION, Pa. (EYT) – A Florida man is in Clarion County Jail awaiting a preliminary hearing as a result of a scam in which he allegedly promised an elderly Shippenville woman a check for a million dollars after she sent him a large sum of money.

Clarion Borough Police, along with PSP Clarion, and the Clarion Area Agency of Aging investigated an incident in which an elderly woman sent a large amount of cash to an address listed in Davie, Florida, with the promise of getting a large check worth a million dollars or more.

According to a criminal complaint, on June 26, 2014, Officer William Peck, of Clarion Borough Police, was referred a missing person from PSP Clarion. A 79-year-old Shippenville woman was reported missing by her husband.

Her husband stated that at approximately 10:30 a.m. on June 26, his wife left the residence to meet some unknown person who had been calling her for a long period of time. He told Officer Peck that the unknown person promised her “gifts.”  He also said that he called S&T Bank and was told his wife withdrew $5,000.00 from their checking account.  He was was concerned because it had been hours, and his wife had not returned.

Peck located the elderly woman in the parking lot of Anderson Therapy on South 5th Street; she was talking on her cell phone.

When Peck made contact with her, he discovered that she was on the phone with the unknown person, and the phone number she was communicating with was “withheld.”

She ended the phone call and said she was “scammed” and was trying to get her money back. She sent the money Western Union at the Clarion K-Mart, and the person said that he would be at her house tonight to give her a check for over a million dollars. She had a receipt for Western Union wire transfer in the amount of $2,000.00. Read more »

Funeral director accused of stealing $300K from elderly neighbor

Thursday June 19th 2014
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NORTH PHILADELPHIA (WPVI) –
A funeral director in North Philadelphia is under arrest, charged with stealing hundreds of thousands of dollars from an elderly woman.

The 89-year-old victim’s niece and nephew contacted the Philadelphia Corporation for Aging a year ago.  Police say after a year-long investigation, funeral director Antoine Turay turned himself in today Wednesday.  Detectives from the Special Victims Unit worked with forensic accountants to comb through all of the victim’s accounts he allegedly stole from.

Between 2009 and 2013 police say Turay stole more than $300,000 from an elderly neighbor who suffered memory loss after a fall.  Philadelphia Police Lieutenant Anthony McFadden says, “He took advantage of it, where he was actually taking his own bank accounts and transferring monies back and forth, paying off his credit cards.” Read more »

Seminar focuses on financial scams against elderly

Tuesday June 17th 2014
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(Philadelphia) American seniors have lost an estimated $2.9 billion in financial scams in the last decade, and financial institutions need to do more to protect them, experts suggested at a meeting Monday.

Jason Karlawish, a psychiatrist at the University of Pennsylvania who studies seniors and memory loss, said this is a public health problem and called for a “reboot” of the financial services industry.

“Who are these people selling stuff to seniors as their job?” he asked at a panel on financial abuse of the elderly, sponsored by the United Way in Center City. Though he hates the terms, he said, such people should become “senior certified” or “senior friendly.”

He also said seniors fall victim to scams from family and strangers not only for cultural and generational reasons – but also medical ones. “There are changes at the neural level that are tied to judgment,” he said. “Older adults are more likely to have trouble making risk-reward judgments.”

Research, he said, has shown that seniors “are much more oriented toward positive emotional experiences and will steer away from negative emotional experiences.” Hence, in some cases where seniors are experiencing cognitive decline, “when someone comes along and is very pleasant to you, you become more vulnerable.”

Markita Morris-Louis, vice president of community affairs and general counsel at Clarifi, who moderated the panel, suggested seniors should get something like an “annual financial wellness checkup,” in which someone trusted and certified could review their bank history and who has access to their account.

Joe Snyder, director of older adult services for the Philadelphia Corp. for Aging, said financial abuse by family members is much more common than by strangers, but “both can be deadly.”
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