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What's wrong with stealing from Grandma? Plenty

She reached her childhood dream: to one day carry a briefcase and wear nice clothes and provide for her family. But at 73, now retired and mostly homebound, the former business manager says home health care workers, over time, have carried away pieces of her life — new dresses still in garment bags, jewelry, silverware, $40 from her purse. "I'm angry and frustrated,"...

Brothers accused of embezzling from father who suffered from dementia

GRAND RAPIDS TOWNSHIP, MI – A pair of brothers are accused of embezzling more than $81,000 from their father in the last year of his life. Scott and William Grondman Jr. face charges of embezzling from a vulnerable adult after Kent County Sheriff's Department investigators say they wrote checks for their own use from the account of their 84-year-old father, William...

Woman accused of stealing money from elderly aunt with dementia agrees to plea deal, repayment-

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – A Grand Rapids woman police say drained the bank account of her 88-year-old aunt faces a maximum sentence of five years in prison after pleading no contest to a charge of embezzlement from a vulnerable adult. Patricia Elaine Licari, 62, was set to have a trial Monday, Sept. 8, but instead pleaded no contest to a reduced charge that cut the potential maximum in...

Muskegon Heights man, allegedly neglected by sister, found with festering infection, lying in own feces

MUSKEGON HEIGHTS, MI – A Muskegon Heights man was in such bad condition when Adult Protective Services officials check on him Monday, that the stench inside the home where he was found was nearly overwhelming to those there to help him, authorities said. The victim, in his late 50s, who remained hospitalized on Wednesday, July 30, for a festering foot infection, was in the care of...

Red Flags of Abuse

Learn the signs of elder abuse. The National Center on Elder Abuse, a program of the Administration on Aging at ACL, has developed a helpful Red Flags of Abuse Factsheet (PDF) that lists the signs of and risk factors for abuse and neglect.

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

ACL NEWS U.S. Administration for Community Living Department of Health and Human Services Contact: ACL Press Office (202) 357-3507 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: DOJ and HHS call for action to address abuse of older Americans Elder Justice Roadmap outlines critical path to combating problem Today, leaders in the fight against elder abuse announced a framework for tackling...

Funeral and Cemetery Scams

According to the FBI, senior citizens are often victims of crimes and scams. Funeral and cemetery fraud often targets senior citizens because the victims’ realization that they have been swindled may take weeks—or more likely, years—after contact with the fraudster . This extended time frame makes it even more difficult to remember details from the events. They...

Five Ways to Protect Yourself During Open Enrollment

As the new health insurance Marketplaces get underway, scammers have begun to surface, ready to take advantage of those who may not realize they are giving personal and financial information to fraudulent people. Here are 5 tips to protect your identity and finances during Open Enrollment season: 1. Trust your instincts. If something does not feel right, then it probably is a scam....

Wise Charitable Giving

Esther received a phone call from a charity that had a name similar to a national cystic fibrosis organization. Touched by the thought of helping children, she agreed to make a donation. Later, she saw a news report that the organization was not the charity she thought it was, but a scam operation. The generosity of seniors makes them a favorite target of charity scams. To make the best...

Identity Theft

ID Theft – Tips to Reduce Your Risk Ichiro received a phone call from an auto finance company that said it was going to repossess his truck. Ichiro did not own a truck. He found out that someone using his name and Social Security number had applied for a car loan and had never made the payments. He also found out this same stranger had opened up two credit accounts in Ichiro’s...