RGJ News reported this week on another sad example of elder financial exploitation. In this case, a 59-year old healthcare worker at the Veteran Affair’s Sierra Nevada Hospital took advantage of a senior patient of the facility.
The scamming worker befriended the elderly man while assisting with his nursing needs. After the victim left the hospital the woman continued to communicate with the man, occasionally doing household chores for him. Eventually she used her influence to gain access to his bank accounts. Once she had that ability it was free reign to exploit his finances for personal gain.
All told she forged checks and withdrew money from ATMs, taking over $83,000 of the victim’s savings. She also used his debit cards to buy personal items. The thief was not apprehended until earlier this week, over 6 months after the victim’s death. She is accused of various frauds centering on her elderly financial exploitation.
Our Chicago nursing home attorneys at Levin & Perconti work every day to help seniors and their families following all forms of abuse and neglect. We understand that for every victim we help seek recourse there remain many more that never get the chance to share their story of abuse and harm. The nameless victims who remain silenced motivate our attorneys to fight consistently and diligently for those who stand up for elder rights. No seniors should be forced into receiving poor treatment whether that involves theft of savings or inadequate nursing care. Help us hold the negligent caregivers accountable, and contact our nursing home lawyers to report bad treatment of senior friends and family.
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