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Mar 8, 2024 by |

Hillsborough Financial Elder Abuse Attorney: Caregiver Fraud On Elderly Victim


Numerous Check Forgeries Alleged

Elder’s Checking Account Overdrawn

Unauthorized Card Charges Discovered

We cannot emphasize strongly enough how important it is to keep checks, ATM/Debit cards, and cash away from caregivers or other strangers who enter a senior’s home.  Nor can we stress enough that a senior should never, ever, grant a power of attorney to a caregiver or add a caregiver as an authorized signer on a checking account.  There are a few other important steps to protect older persons from financial abuse: Never hand an ATM/debit card or credit card to a caregiver and ask them to go get cash or make purchases.  Never give out any PIN numbers. Never leave bank statements and check registers lying around within reach of a caregiver.  Never share your Social Security Number.  Never, ever allow any of these things because they so often lead to theft.  Any wrongful takings of a senior’s property, or any assistance in that taking, whether theft of cash, theft by check forgery or altered checks, or unauthorized use of credit or debit cards or online money transfers out of a senior’s accounts are crimes and grounds for civil liability of the person doing the taking and anyone assisting him or her. California Penal Code § 368 and Cal. Welf. & Inst. Code § 15610.30 (definition of financial elder abuse).   California broadly defines what constitutes financial elder or dependent adult abuse:

(a) “Financial abuse” of an elder or dependent adult occurs when a person or entity does any of the following:

(1) Takes, secretes, appropriates, obtains, or retains real or personal property of an elder or dependent adult for a wrongful use or with intent to defraud, or both.

(2) Assists in taking, secreting, appropriating, obtaining, or retaining real or personal property of an elder or dependent adult for a wrongful use or with intent to defraud, or both.

(3) Takes, secretes, appropriates, obtains, or retains, or assists in taking, secreting, appropriating, obtaining, or retaining, real or personal property of an elder or dependent adult by undue influence, as defined in Section 15610.70.

If you or a loved one is a victim of elder or dependent adult abuse or neglect in Hillsborough or elsewhere in San Mateo County call us today at (415)441-8669. Our toll-free number is 1-888-50EVANS (888-503-8267).

Caregiver Charged With Theft

In one reported case, [1] the caregiver of an 86-year-old woman is facing felony charges after she allegedly helped herself to her client’s checking and banking accounts stealing thousands of dollars.  The caregiver faces charges of abuse, neglect, and financial elder abuse and exploitation by a caregiver.  The suspect worked as a contract caregiver at an assisted care facility where the victim had been living since she underwent heart surgery.  Police say the caregiver was in charge of the finances of her victim and was supposed to pay herself and a second individual, but was instead stealing money. Relatives became suspicious something was wrong after numerous cheeks bounced and reported their suspicions to police.  According to the police, several checks were discovered to be written for larger than normal sums of money. Several unapproved charges were also discovered on the victim’s bank debit card. Police believe the caregiver is responsible for these fraudulent charges as well.  Witnesses told police that the caregiver is believed to have several clients she is responsible for as a caretaker who might have also been victimized. 

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Always do a background check on anyone you hire as a caregiver; get references and call them.  Make sure any caregiver is denied access to any back account information; keep cash, checks and credit and debit cards out of reach.  Never, ever give a caregiver or “helper” or other new “friend” a Power of Attorney, credit card, or a blank check.  Never, ever, add a caregiver as an authorized signer on a checking account.  Stay involved in any senior loved one’s life so a stranger does not have the opportunity for this kind of theft and exploitation.  If you sense any kind of abuse of an older loved one in Hillsborough, or elsewhere in San Mateo County or the San Francisco Bay Area, call us right away.  Ingrid M. Evans has years of experience in representing seniors and their families against abusers of any kind, including in-home caregivers.  You can reach us at (415) 441-8669, or by email at Our toll-free number is 1-888-50EVANS (888-503-8267).

[1] Evans Law Firm, Inc. was not involved in the case in any way.

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