Richmond Township woman charged with stealing money from her father

Friday September 6th 2013
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A Richmond Township woman has been charged with stealing $83,146 from her father while she had power of attorney status because of his declining health. Karen. L. Schuler, 54, of the first block of Schuler Road remained free to await further court action following arraignment early Thursday before Senior District Judge Richard A. Gatti in Reading Central Court.  Detectives with the Berks County district attorney’s office charged her with theft, receiving stolen property and related counts.
According to county detectives:  William Heydt was hospitalized early in 2012 for a heart attack. He then moved from his home to live with a relative and eventually to the Lutheran Home at Topton.  Heydt’s niece, Susan Smith of Fleetwood, was given power of attorney, replacing Karen Schuler. Smith reviewed her uncle’s records and found suspicious transactions. Smith reported the matter to the Berks County Area Agency on Aging. A caseworker in the protective services unit found merit in the complaint and asked county detectives to investigate.Schuler had paid her father’s utilities and local taxes from his checking account, but she was not authorized to pay herself a gift from her father’s accounts.Detective Robert Heiden found that between October 2008 and February 2012, Schuler issued at least 400 checks totaling $83,146 to herself from her father’s account.
Editor’s Note:  This case was a cooperative effort between the Berks County Area Agency on Aging, the Reading Police Department and the Institute on Protective Services.


This article was written and published by the Reading Eagle.

Five Year Refresher – May 20, 2014 – Center Valley

Wednesday August 28th 2013
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On May 20, 2014 we are offering a five-year refresher training in Center Valley.

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 »

Five Year Refresher – May 12, 2014 – State College

Wednesday August 28th 2013
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On May 12, 2014 we are offering a five-year refresher training in State College.

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 »

Five Year Refresher – April 17, 2014 – Mars

Wednesday August 28th 2013
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On April 17, 2014 we are offering a five-year refresher training in Mars.

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 »

Five Year Refresher – March 12, 2014 – Camp Hill

Wednesday August 28th 2013
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On March 12, 2014 we are offering a five-year refresher training in Camp Hill.

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 »

2013-2014 Institute Training Schedule

Tuesday August 27th 2013
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During the 2013-14 training period, will be offering seven basic enrichment trainings, two sessions of the basic PS 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. Read more »

PS Advanced Enrichment – June 16, 2014 – Camp Hill

Tuesday August 27th 2013
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On June 16, 2014 we are offering an advanced basic enrichment training in Camp Hill. This training is open to supervisors and advanced seasoned protective service investigators and provides protective services enrichment credits.

This training is designed for protective service supervisors and investigators with significant experience in the field. The training will cover topics that provide opportunities and and address obstacles to enhancing our delivery of protective services across the network in conducting investigations and protective services delivery. Read more »

PS Advanced Enrichment – June 3, 2014 – Clarks Summit

Tuesday August 27th 2013
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On June 3, 2014 we are offering an advanced basic enrichment training in Clarks Summit. This training is open to supervisors and advanced seasoned protective service investigators and provides protective services enrichment credits.

This training is designed for protective service supervisors and investigators with significant experience in the field. The training will cover topics that provide opportunities and and address obstacles to enhancing our delivery of protective services across the network in conducting investigations and protective services delivery. Read more »

PS Advanced Enrichment – May 23, 2014 – Mars

Tuesday August 27th 2013
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On May 23, 2014 we are offering an advanced basic enrichment training in Mars. This training is open to supervisors and advanced seasoned protective service investigators and provides protective services enrichment credits.

This training is designed for protective service supervisors and investigators with significant experience in the field. The training will cover topics that provide opportunities and and address obstacles to enhancing our delivery of protective services across the network in conducting investigations and protective services delivery. Read more »

PS Basic Enrichment – Financial Exploitation Investigations – April 30, 2014 – Elizabethtown College

Tuesday August 27th 2013
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On April 30, 2014 we are offering the training Financial Exploitation Investigations at Elizabethtown College. This training is open to Area Agency on Aging staff and provides protective services enrichment credits.

This course will build on the investigative foundations taught in the 3 part webinar.  It will focus on case studies and complex investigations. This training will utilize best practice methods developed by Certified Fraud Examiner, Linda Mill.
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