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Caregiver Fraud San Francisco County

Caregiver fraud happens when a Caregiver takes advantage of or targets the elderly, sick, and disabled.  The definition of a caregiver is anyone who cares for a person who cannot care for him or herself. The caregiver assists the patient or dependent with activities in daily life.  San Francisco County caregiver fraud occurs in San Francisco.

Caregiver fraud can take the form of physical harm or suffering, endangering of health or body, theft, embezzlement, forgery, fraud, and identity theft, among other misconducts. A caregiver does not need to be paid help to commit caregiver fraud. Caregiver fraud in San Francisco County is perpetrated by both licensed caregivers and individuals who deceptively claim to be caretakers. Recent instances of caregiver fraud in San Francisco County and across the nation have ranged from fraudulent individuals stealing credit cards to posing as medical practitioners and charging exorbitant fees for services never provided.

Increased reports of caregiver fraud should incite elders, families, and advocates to be on guard and aware of the realities of caregiver fraud.

Who Is At Risk of Caregiver Fraud in San Francisco County?

The elderly, sick, and disabled members of the population in San Francisco County make up the majority of those who need and depend on caregiving services. Thus, it is usually those who are most in need of personalized care who are also most at risk for being victims of caregiver fraud. Dishonest caregivers knowingly take advantage of weaknesses infiltrate the life of the elder and harm the elder for their own gain.

Abuse of trust and vulnerability of the elder or dependent are elements of caregiver fraud. Because of the nature of providing care, the caregiver usually gains or can gain access to much of the elder’s personal and financial information. Once the relationship is established, the caregiver can gain virtually unlimited access to the elder’s personal and financial accounts and records. Allowing this kind of access to personal information puts an elder at risk of caregiver fraud in San Francisco County.

Different Forms of Financial Caregiver Fraud

–          Identity Theft

–          Financial Theft, Forgery and Embezzlement

–          Property Theft

Signs and Symptoms of Financial Caregiver Fraud

The following signs that could be indicators of caregiver fraud.

–          Trying to isolate the elder or preventing the elder from speaking to people

–          Looking at the senior’s will, real estate, investments, or other financial accounts

–          Seeking out “power of attorney” privileges

–          Keeping mail and other documents from the elder and elder’s family

–          Withdrawing from bank accounts on the senior’s behalf

–          Proposing medical or other insurance purchases on behalf of the elder

–          Recommending the elder open up new financial accounts or transfer existing ones

Preventing caregiver fraud

Trusting an unknown individual with personal belongings, accounts, and information is a serious decision not to take lightly. Before entering a business relationship with a caregiver, be sure to request extensive references and conduct background checks.

Stay informed about activities of the new caregiver. Make sure other trusted family members stay active in the senior’s life and check in with the caregiver from time to time.

Keep personal and financial documents locked up in a secure place. If you are concerned that the home may not be secure, use a bank safety deposit box.

What to do if You Suspect that A Loved One May Be A Victim of Caregiver Fraud

Report any incidents that are suspicious as soon as you begin to suspect caregiver fraud. Seniors and others are reluctant to report caregiver fraud because of shame, doubt, or other considerations. This reluctance to report caregiver fraud only aids the caregiver to continue hurting the victims, their families, and putting other potential victims at risk.

Call your local police nonemergency line to report any potential thefts of money, property, or goods. Request that an officer be sent out to take a report.

Consult local senior legal assistance programs. The prospect of legal action can be intimidating, but there are professionals who specialize in assisting seniors who have been harmed. Reporting these instances of fraud is the most effective way of preventing future harm.

Contact Evans Law Firm, Inc. for a free, no obligation consultation about your rights related to caregiver fraud.   You can reach an attorney by calling 415-441-8669 or e-mail us at info@evanslaw.com.

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