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Sep 18, 2012 by |

Man Convicted of Elder Abuse and Extortion in Santa Barbara

By The Evans Law Firm of The Evans Law Firm posted in elder abuse on Tuesday, September 18, 2012.


A man in Santa Barbara was found guilty of extortion and elder abuse after he wrongfully accused an elderly driver of hitting him while crossing the street. Matthew Brown, a pedestrian in Santa Barbara, aggressively accused a 67-year old driver of hitting him after the driver made a legal right turn. According to police reports, Brown threatened the elderly driver and used aggressive, abusive and blasphemous language, making the elderly driver afraid for his safety. Brown additionally threatened to press charges and told the elderly man that he would be sent to jail. What Brown did not realize was that his false threats and aggressive behavior amounted to elder abuse, extortion, and the victimization of the elderly driver.

The driver, who did not agree that his vehicle had hit or even touched Brown, reported the threats to the Santa Barbara police department, who found that Brown had been on parole for felony fraud and check forgery. Brown was then re-arrested for extortion and elder abuse.

The Evans Law Firm litigates on behalf of victims of elder abuse in California. If you or a loved one has been the victim of elder abuse, contact the Evans Law Firm today for a free and confidential consultation at 415-441-8669 or email

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