Caregiver Arrested On Accusations She Neglected Elderly Man While Spending His Inheritance

A woman has been arrested on $25,000 bond after allegedly stealing nearly $300,000 from an elderly man who she cared for and using it to pay her mortgage, travel expenses, and purchase a vehicle.  The caregiver, 44, faces charges of abuse of an adult for exploitation and neglect after an investigation by Adult Protective Services (APS).

The investigation began after the victim’s niece reported to APS her father had passed and left an inheritance to his brother, and she was concerned his caretaker was not using the money to care for her uncle. Bank records show that the caretaker had deposited the man's money into an account which she opened. Then, the woman drained the account to a negative balance.  The money had been spent through checks and debits, on expenses such as travel expenses, airline tickets, concert tickets, a boat and a Lincoln Navigator. The caretaker's home mortgage was also paid off.

When police arrived the arrest the caretaker, the victim was found in her home where his bedroom floor was covered in dog feces. His bed sheets were urine-stained and the man appeared malnourished, unkept and appeared too weak to walk. He was hospitalized and treated for health issues including a urinary tract infection. For more, read the story.

Robert W. Carter, Jr. is a Virginia attorney whose law practice is dedicated to protecting the rights of the victims of nursing home and assisted living neglect and abuse in Richmond, Roanoke, Norfolk, Lynchburg, Danville, Charlottesville, and across Virginia.

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