Peninsula Man Arrested For Financial Elder Abuse And Grand Theft
Charges Include Stealing Cash, Jewelry and Cars
Attempted To Sell Victim’s Home
When a financial predator targets an older person, they strike quickly and often attempt to take everything the senior has. Often, the predator is a caregiver or a stranger offering to “help” an older person living alone. Once a greedy caregiver or other predator moves in, the financial abuse and theft can escalate quickly. A predator rarely just stops taking an older person’s money – once they sense they are getting away with abuse and theft they simply go for more. If you suspect any financial abuse of an older loved one in Marin County, or elsewhere in the Bay Area, call the elder abuse lawyers at Evans Law Firm, Inc. today at (415)441-8669 and we can help.
Peninsula Man Arrested For Abuse And Theft
A recently reported case from the Peninsula shows how quickly a stranger can strike against an isolated senior. According to police, a man was arrested earlier this month on charges that he drained the bank accounts of a San Carlos senior, stole jewelry and cars belonging to the elderly victim, and tries to sell the victim’s home. The man had reportedly befriended the elderly individual, moved in and began to steal her property over a period of months. According to the police report, he also attempted to sell the senior’s home without her knowledge or consent. When detectives began to investigate the case, the month apparently left the house. A concerned neighbor, however, reported that he had returned to the elder’s home and deputies arrested took him into custody. The case is pending in San Mateo County.
Dangers For Isolated Seniors
The victim in the reported case lived alone when the accused predator befriended her and moved in. Isolated seniors are the most vulnerable to this kind of exploitation and abuse. Our litigators often see the same fact pattern where a caregiver or stranger begins by ingratiating themselves to an isolated senior and begins their schemes of abuse and theft. Seniors without family or friends to help them and keep an eye on how they’re doing are truly at the mercy of such abusers. If you have a senior loved one, friend or neighbor living alone, do all you can to help protect them. This may be especially difficult during the pandemic but phone calls, Zoom time, and monitoring their mail, bank statements and the like are all important ways to prevent abuse. Be particularly vigilant if a stranger or “new friend” takes an interest in the older persons. Or if a caregiver moves in. Never ever let a senior give a caregiver a Power of Attorney. That step alone perhaps presents the greatest risk of financial exploitation. We have seen so many cases where a caregiver or other stranger uses a Power of Attorney to take everything a senior has, including their home.
Elder abuse counsel like Ingrid M. Evans and the other elder abuse attorneys at Evans Law Firm, Inc. represent seniors and their families in Marin and throughout the State of California against any persons or businesses that financially abuse seniors. If you suspect any abuse at all call Ingrid and our other elder abuse lawyers right away. Elder abusers inflict real harm in a very short amount of time and there are time limits for bringing cases. Ingrid and our other elder abuse attorneys can be reached at (415) 441-8669, or by email at email@example.com.
 Evans Law Firm, Inc. was not involved in the case in any way.