Individual with Elder Care Business Allowed Son to Steal $60,000 From Elderly Client

A 73-year old woman who ran an in-home elder care business has been accused of allowing her son to steal thousands of dollars from an elderly client.  Last fall, a clerk at a drive-through bank became concerned when the woman's son tried to cash an $1,800 check to himself out of the elderly victim's account.

A week earlier, the checking account had been flagged, because a person had tried to cash a $4,000 check from the account. The bank reported the suspicious activity to police. The victim, 80-year-old, had lived alone in her home since her husband passed away years earlier.

The elderly woman's neighbor also became concerned when the care-giver and her son asked him to sign paperwork to help them gain guardianship over his neighbor. The neighbor, not knowing what they were up to, refused to sign the paperwork. A forensic audit by Adult Protective Services shows almost $60,000 was taken out of the victim's account by the caregiver's son.

The victim, who had not left the house in seven years and did not have a drivers license was "sold" a Corvette by the suspects as well. According to investigators, the caregiver served time in federal prison for bank fraud in the 1980s.
Her has also served years in for crimes, including forgery, embezzlement and larceny. Investigators fear the pair may have other victims. The caregiver has been arrested and a warrant has been issued for her son. 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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