Elder Abuse Lawyers Educate What to Do if Victim of Financial Abuse

The elder abuse lawyers of Messa & Associates want to discuss what you should do if you recognize the signs and/or feel you have become a victim of financial abuse. It is not to late to defend yourself and rightfully punish the financial predator who is trying to harm you. The first step is recognizing that you are being taken advantage of and contacting the proper authorities. This may be difficult because often the accused is someone close to you such as a family member, good friend or caretaker. But you must be strong because what they have done is a crime. There are many agencies in place to help protect you from financial … [Read more...]

Nursing Home Abuse through Theft by Facility Account Manager

Nursing home abuse is not only physical. Financial abuse is becoming more prevalent as the economy worsens. The elderly are a vulnerable and often trusting population and are therefore easy targets for financial abuse. Frequently checking into your loved ones accounts is vital in identity or other theft prevention. Be careful who you grant access to to these accounts. Even nursing home employees can have ill intentions. Staff Member Steals $28,000 from 94 Residents A Connecticut nursing home is being fined $3,000 after $27,472 was stolen from 94 residents by a staff member. The administrators of the Village Green of Waterbury discovered the … [Read more...]

Elder Abuse Lawyers Warn of Financial Theft

Financial elder abuseis unfortunately on the rise, happening more and more often to our aging population as the demographic gains a reputation for being an easy target for scams and/or theft. Therefore, the elderly need to be more careful about their finances and who they trust in their homes. As elder abuse lawyers, we sadly hear horrible stories about trusting people who get taken for their entire life savings because of one mistake. Make sure to keep all of your financial documents and checks in a secure, preferably locked, location where strangers or even family or friends cannot locate. Be careful of home health aides and housekeepers. … [Read more...]

Nursing Home Abuse Lawyers: Administrator Steals $300,000 from Home

As nursing home abuse lawyers, we see some of the worst kinds of abuse and neglect that the elderly unfortunately have to endure. We continue to fight against this horrible injustice but the problem is not going away. Most of the physical and emotional abuse is the result of frustrated direct care workers, but another growing problem is the financial abuse from administrators and other nursing home officials. They are taking advantage of their power and access to the facility’s finances in order to steal from the home. They are not only stealing from an organization, but from the elderly and disabled residents who need that money in order to … [Read more...]

Elder Abuse Lawyers Help Get Man 35 Years in Prison for Scamming the Elderly

As elder abuse lawyers, we want to warn the elderly population and their loved ones of the many people who prey on the elderly because they see them as an easy target. The elderly can be vulnerable and too trusting, at times, of people who do not have the best intentions. We have seen many cases where strangers befriend the elderly and make promises that they have no intention of keeping in order to rob them of any and all monies, savings, and belongings. This is a serious problem that is happening far too often. Keep an eye on your loved ones’ finances and remind them to be careful of who they give their personal information. Man Cons … [Read more...]

Nursing Home Abuse Lawyers: CFO Steals $52,000 from Facility

Putting a loved one in a nursing home or long term care facility is a very hard decision to make. You are giving up control and trusting the staff and administrators to look after the best interest of someone you care so much about. As nursing home abuse lawyers, we see some heinous acts of abuse and neglect. Where most physical abuse is the result of frustrated and overworked nurses and direct care workers, we are finding that administrators and other officials are abusing their power to gain financially from the home. They are taking facility funds away from the elderly and disabled residents and putting them into their pockets. Nursing … [Read more...]

Nursing Home Abuse: Account Manager Steals and Nurse’s Aid Slaps

Nursing home abuse is not necessarily limited to physical or verbal abuse. Financial abuse is becoming more prevalent as the economy worsens. The elderly, a vulnerable and often trusting population, are an easy target for financial abuse. Frequently checking into your loved ones accounts is vital in preventing this crime from taking place. Be highly selective of who is allowed access into bank accounts. Even employees of a nursing home could have devious intentions. Staff Member Steals $28,000 from 94 Residents A Connecticut nursing home is being fined $3,000 after $27,472 was stolen from 94 residents by a staff member. The administrators … [Read more...]

Elder Abuse Lawyers Warn About Financial Abuse from Adult Children

At all points in life, we face the threat of being abused; abused physically, emotionally, or even financially. Our elder abuse lawyers write this blog to keep you informed about the dangers of being taken advantage of as you get older and the different ways to see the warning signs in order to prevent yourself from being a victim. The problem is that there are so many different forms of abuse,  it is hard to protect yourself from all of them. Financial abuse can come from anyone, but a disturbing number of cases involve a victim’s own children. The exact number of cases is unknown, but experts estimate that between 60 and 90% of financial … [Read more...]

Elder Abuse Through Abduction and Theft of Life Savings

In a disturbing case of elder abuse, an 85-year-old California woman was found abandoned in a cabin in Edgecomb, Maine after being abducted and dragged across the country. Barbara Davis and Nicholas Davis, 41, and their 20-year-old godson, Jonathan Stevens have been charged with the felony of endangering the welfare of an elderly dependent adult. The group allegedly used the woman for her money and then left her when the money ran out. She was found undernourished, disoriented, very thin, and robbed of her entire life savings. Elderly Woman Dragged Across Country and Abandoned in Cabin The woman sold her Los Angeles home in 2008 for … [Read more...]

Elder Abuse Leads to Three Year Conviction for Caretaker

Financial elder abuse is unfortunately becoming more prevalent as the economy worsens. People in low paying caretaker jobs are becoming more desperate and see stealing from the elderly patient that they care for as an easy way out of their financial problems. Stealing from a vulnerable elderly or disabled adult is a horrible crime and should not be tolerated. Caretaker Forges Checks Totaling $300,000 Marisa Robles, 31, faced 92 counts related to theft, fraud and elder abuse and pleaded guilty to 32 counts of fraud and elder abuse this month. Robles used her access to the 81-year-old man’s financial documents to write checks to herself and … [Read more...]