PS Supervisors Enrichment

Saturday November 1st 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.

The trainer for this class is Annarose Ingarra-Milch, nationally known author and professional development facilitator.

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

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Spring 2015 Protective Services Basic Training – May 12 to 15

Saturday November 1st 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 »

OAPS Training Calendar for 2014 – 2015

Friday October 31st 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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Former Phila. City Hall Clerk Sentenced For Stealing Elderly Neighbor’s Benefits

Friday October 31st 2014
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PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — A former clerk to Philadelphia City Council was sentenced today to four years’ probation and ordered to make restitution after admitting she stole Social Security benefits from an elderly neighbor in her care.

Investigators say defendant Nancy Gonzalez and her then-boyfriend, the victim’s great-nephew, stole more than $30,000 intended for victim Iris Galarza.  Gonzalez was the victim’s Social Security payee.

The 88-year-old victim was left to live in squalor and roam the streets with bags on her feet for shoes.

“And instead of using the money to Miss Galarza’s benefit, Miss Gonzalez, along as well with her co-defendant, used the money for their own gain — to pay their own bills, to go on vacation, and so forth,” says Philadelphia prosecutor Michael Bonner. Read more »

Pennsylvania woman gets prison for abusing elderly husband

Tuesday October 28th 2014
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DOYLESTOWN — A 74-year-old suburban Philadelphia woman has been sentenced to at least a month in prison for beating her elderly husband and locking him, naked, outside their home in freezing temperatures.
Dolores Labrum pleaded guilty in Bucks County Court to charges that include simple assault, false imprisonment and reckless endangerment, the Bucks County Courier Times reported.
She was sentenced to one to 23 months behind bars.
Newtown Township police found Labrum’s 78-year-husband standing bruised, naked, shivering and unresponsive on the balcony of their apartment in December. Court documents describe him as frail, weak and suffering from dementia.
He told police it was at least the fifth time in the past year his wife had made him strip and stand naked on the balcony after an argument.

This article was written by The Associated Press as reported on Triblive.com.

Stewart to serve jail time for thefts

Thursday October 23rd 2014
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Frank Stewart, 48, of Ramey was sentenced to serve nine months to two years in the Clearfield County Jail by Judge Paul Cherry for stealing from a disabled elderly client and a charity organization. Stewart was also ordered to pay $137,248 in restitution to the victim and $10,496 to the Lance Cusick Memorial Foundation.  Stewart’s attorney, Ron Collins of Clearfield, said Stewart has submitted certified checks to the state police for $10,496 to restitution to the Lance Cusick Memorial Fund.

Last August, Stewart was found guilty of forgery, theft by unlawful taking and theft by deception, victim over 60, defendant under 60, at jury trial. According to testimony at the trial, Stewart forged paperwork and stole $120,000 from the victim who now resides in a personal care facility. Stewart pleaded guilty to the charge of theft by unlawful taking on Oct. 2 for stealing $10,496 from the Lance Cusick Memorial Foundation, a charitable organization in which he served as treasurer.  Clearfield County District Attorney William A. Shaw Jr. said these are serious crimes and Stewart deserves to be punished commensurate with his crime but said this has to be balanced with the fact that the victim needs to be compensated in a timely manner, especially considering her age. Read more »

Five Year Refresher – November 13, 2014 – York

Tuesday October 21st 2014
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On November 13, 2014 we are offering a five-year refresher training in York.

This one-day training will refresh and review critical elements of doing protective services in the Commonwealth including investigative techniques, updates to the regulation, interpretation of regulations, guardianship and power of attorney laws, etc.

The Department of Aging is requiring all protective service investigators to take this course every 5 years, in addition to their annual enrichment training. This year, all PS investigators and PS supervisors with 5 years of experience must attend one of the classes. Read more »

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 present information on elder abuse and fraud and resources available to victims. The event is open to the public.State Representatives Karen Boback and Sandra Major, along with the Luzerne/Wyoming Counties Elder Abuse Task Force, will sponsor a second “Senior Abuse and Fraud” seminar on Friday, Oct. 24 at 11 a.m. at the Wyoming County Active Adult Center, 101 Dymond Terrace, Tunkhannock. The event is open to the public.

This article was written by Travis Keller for the Times Leader. 

Caregiver convicted of stealing $500,000 from elderly man, killing him

Wednesday October 8th 2014
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SAN DIEGO (CNS) – A caregiver who stole more than $500,000 from an 88-year-old Rancho Bernardo man, then killed him so she could be independently wealthy was convicted Tuesday of first-degree murder and other charges.

Denise Michelle Goodwin, 47, will be sent to prison for life without the possibility of parole at a hearing Dec. 5.

Jurors, who started deliberations a week ago, found Goodwin guilty of 11 counts, including murder for financial gain in the death of Gerald Rabourn, who disappeared in October 2010. His body was never found.  Goodwin wept quietly as the guilty verdict was read. She was also convicted of caregiver theft by an adult, fraudulent appropriation by a trustee, grand theft and forgery of documents.

In his closing argument, Deputy District Attorney Bill Mitchell told jurors that Goodwin was a “predator disguised as a caregiver,” targeting elderly men with money and no family nearby. Read more »

David Lynn Patton Sent to Prison for Stealing from Elderly Aunt

Wednesday October 8th 2014
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David Lynn Patton Sent to Prison for Stealing from Elderly Aunt

CLARION, Pa. (EYT) – It’s off to prison for David Lynn Patton of Knox.

Bail for Patton, of Knox, was revoked today after a special hearing before Judge James G. Arner in the Clarion County Courthouse, and he was immediately transported to Clarion County Jail and will later be transferred to a State Prison.

Patton was convicted on November 6, 2012, for theft of over $250,000 from his 88-year old aunt, Betty Wetzel.  He was out on bail because of an appeal Pennsylvania Superior Court.  A September 19 ruling by Superior Court upheld the original sentence of 30 to 60 months made in the Clarion Court of Common Courts. Read more »

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