Caregivers and Financial Elder Abuse
Preventing Caregiver Account Access
In-home caregivers have access to a senior’s valuables, credit cards, bank accounts and important papers unless you keep them out of reach. They also have access to a senior’s accounts via the phone or online. In one recently reported case, police arrested a caregiver who in nine months transferred over $245,000 of a senior’s money out of her bank accounts and into her own. The Marin and California elder abuse attorneys at Evans Law Firm, Inc. represent seniors and their loved ones victimized by any form of caregiver theft or financial elder abuse. If you or someone you know is a victim of financial elder abuse in Marin County or elsewhere in California, call us today at 415-441-8669, and we can help.
In the reported case, the caregiver only had $8000 of the stolen money left when the police caught up with her. The injured senior then sued the bank which had allowed some 44 online transactions to go through even though the activity raised red flags: the caregiver had failed to answer security questions correctly and the senior had never made a single online transfer in all the years she had the account. The bank settled with the senior just prior to trial.
Steps to Protect Yourself or a Senior Loved One From Abuse and Fraud:
- Never ever grant a Power of Attorney to a caregiver or show them a trust, Will or other financial papers.
- Keep Social Security numbers and account numbers in a secure place, off limits tany in-home caregivers.
- Never make a caregiver an authorized signer on a bank account or sign a blank check for them.
- Always run a background check and contact references for any in-home caregiver before hiring them.
- Frequently review the senior’s bank statements, records and mail.
- Speak to the senior alone, without the caregiver present, to find out any problems they may be having.
Report any suspicions to the police but also call elder abuse counsel to pursue all civil remedies available to senior victims under California elder abuse law. Our lawyers handle elder abuse cases of all varieties and know the remedies, extra damages, and awards of attorneys’ fees and costs to which you or your victimized loved one is entitled.
If you or a loved one been the victim of elder abuse in Marin or elsewhere in California, contact Ingrid M. Evans and the other Evans Law Firm elder abuse attorneys at (415) 441-8669, or by email at <a href=”mailto:email@example.com”>firstname.lastname@example.org</a>. We can help guide your case through investigation, discovery, through a jury trial or toward an equitable settlement. We handle cases involving physical and financial elder abuse, qui tam and whistleblower law, nursing home abuse, whole life insurance and universal life insurance, and indexed, variable, and fixed annuities.
 Evans Law Firm, Inc. was not involved in the case in any way.