Caregiver Allegedly Made 1500 Unauthorized Transactions
Money Missing From Retirement, Checking And Savings Accounts
Tens Of Thousands In ATM Withdrawals And Unauthorized Checks
California seniors are estimated to have lost $15.9 billion to elder financial exploitation in 2020, affecting about 685,000 people, or 8% of California’s senior population. While some financial crimes against seniors are perpetrated by strangers, more often the abuser is a caregiver or other person with constant access to a senior’s financial accounts. Either way, financial elder abuse is a crime and basis for civil liability. Penal Code § 368; Cal. Welf. & Inst. Code § 15610.30(a)(1). Anyone who assists in any taking of cash or property from a senior also commits financial elder abuse. Cal. Welf. & Inst. Code § 15610.30(a)(2). Financial abusers strike quickly when they obtain access to an older person’s cash, credit cards, checks, and financial information. If you suspect anything is wrong, do something about it. If you or a loved one has been the victim of financial elder abuse in Napa, San Francisco or anywhere in the Bay Area or throughout California, call us today at (415)441-8669. We will pursue all persons responsible for a senior’s injury. Our toll-free number is 1-888-50EVANS (888-503-8267).
Caregiver Accused Of Stealing $363,000 From Elderly Couple
In one recent case, a caregiver has been arrested for stealing at least $363,000 from an elderly couple suffering from cognitive decline. After the couple’s son accessed his parents’ checking account online and discovered unauthorized transactions, he contacted the police who began an investigation of the case. The checking account charges were, it turned out, only the tip of the iceberg when the police and FBI concluded their investigation. The police found that the caregiver of the elderly couple accessed their retirement and savings accounts too and had credit cards issued in their name which were then used for big-ticket purchases. According to an FBI affidavit, purchases included four cars, clothing, jewelry, restaurant meals, a Princess Cruise, a trip to Disneyland, breast augmentations, liposuction, gym memberships, meal-service subscriptions, carpeting, high-end mattresses, $18000 in athletic wear and $14,000 toward pet services. In total, the FBI identified over 1500 authorized transactions totaling at least $363,000. The family is also suing the bank where the checking account was maintained for failing to recognize red flags of abuse of the elderly accountholders. Both the civil cases and criminal cases are pending.
Protecting Parents And Other Older Loved Ones
The family initially trusted the caregiver for the elderly couple in the case. So much so, that the family had not monitored their parents’ accounts for the first two years the caregiver was employed. When the family did take a look at the accounts, they were shocked at what had happened. We recommend families keep an eye on older loved ones’ accounts as soon as any caregiver or stranger enters their older persons’ lives. Financial predators act quickly and cash, credit cards, checks, and financial information should all be kept out of the reach of any caregiver or other stranger in the home. Keep jewelry and valuable possessions in a safe place. Take photographs of each room of the house so you can detect anything missing from the way the rooms used to be. Have financial statements mailed to your own address so others do not have access to you loved one’s business mail. Never, ever grant a power of attorney to a caregiver or nursing home staff member. Do not allow a caregiver to take a credit card to go shopping or an ATM card to go get a senior some cash; you’re only asking for trouble if you do. Perhaps most important of all, if you suspect anything wrong, do something about it right away.
If you suspect financial elder abuse of a loved one, friend or neighbor in Napa County, San Francisco, or elsewhere in California, call Ingrid M. Evans at Evans Law Firm, Inc. at (415) 441-8669, or by email at email@example.com. Our toll-free number is 1-888-50EVANS (888-503-8267). Ingrid pursues all available remedies for families and injured seniors against those responsible, including an award of attorneys’ fees and costs for the victim or his or her family. Cal. Welf. & Inst. Code § 15657.5.
 Evans Law Firm, Inc. is not involved in the case in any way.