Skip to Content

PHONE: 415-441-8669 | TOLL FREE: 888-50EVANS

Jun 10, 2023 by |

San Diego Financial Elder Abuse Attorney: Caregiver Charged With Stealing From Elderly Victim


Unauthorized Debit Card Use Alleged

Fraud Stretched To Almost Two Years

Accused Of Stealing $30,000 From 76-Year-Old

Unauthorized use of credit and debit cards is a prevalent form of financial elder abuse of the elderly.  Dishonest caregivers and others who access a senior’s cards and PIN (or create a PIN through phone or online account access) can rack up large charges in relatively short amounts of time.  If the senior is unable to monitor their own bank accounts, the fraudulent use of the cards can continue for long periods of time as the case discussed below illustrates.  Any wrongful taking of a senior’s property, or any assistance in that taking by a friend or spouse of the dishonest caregiver, is a crime 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 financial abuse in San Diego or elsewhere in California call us today at (415)441-8669. Our toll-free number is 1-888-50EVANS (888-503-8267).

Caregiver Charged With Theft By Unauthorized Debit Card Use

In the reported case mentioned above, [1] police arrested a woman for allegedly stealing over $30,000 from a 76-year-old woman while working as the woman’s in-home caregiver. According to the authorities, the caregiver withdrew more than $30,000 from the victim’s account through an ATM machine for more than eighteen months.  The criminal complaint noted that the withdrawals were all made without the victim’s consent. The caregiver is charged both with criminal financial elder abuse and theft.  She could be sentenced to between four and fifteen years in prison according to authorities reporting the arrest.  Charges are pending.

Protecting Loved Ones From Financial Abuse

Whether a senior loved one in your family still lives at home or is in a facility, keep a constant eye on the senior’s financial records and keep their ATM and credit cards in a safe place out of reach of caregivers and other strangers.  Never let a caregiver run a shopping errand with a credit card or with a senior’s ATM card to get cash. Review statements online and redirect mail for the account to your own address so caregivers or others cannot access financial information by opening a senior’s mail.  Never give account numbers, PINs or Social Security numbers or any other identifying information to caregivers.  If you detect a problem, do something about it. Call counsel and get advice; do not wait for real problems. Never allow a stranger, housekeeper or caregiver access to checks, cash or credit cards or jewelry and valuables.  Even if you have checks under lock and key continue to monitor a senior’s account online as online or phone access may also redirect their money to a caregiver’s accounts or the senior’s money may be used to pay a caregiver’s bills online. Never, ever give a caregiver a Power of Attorney, credit card, or a blank check. 

Contact Us

If you sense any kind of abuse of an older loved one in San Diego or anywhere else in California, 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.

Law Dragons 500 badge Million Dollar Advocates Forum SuperLawyers Badge Best Lawyers Badge Avvo

Our Passion For Justice

415-441-8669 888-50EVANS

Hear What Our Clients Have To Say

"I contacted Attorney Ingrid Evans for advice about a financial elder abuse case. She was extremely knowledgeable, bright and informative. I highly recommend her. I am an attorney myself, and know when I am talking to a another excellent attorney."
Posted By: Terry Kolkey Attorney

Read More Reviews