27 January 2015

To Collect Debts, Nursing Homes Are Seizing Control Over Patients


Lillian Palermo tried to prepare for the worst possibilities of aging. An insurance executive with a Ph.D. in psychology and a love of ballroom dancing, she arranged for her power of attorney and health care proxy to go to her husband, Dino, eight years her junior, if she became incapacitated. And in her 80s, she did.

Mr. Palermo, who was the lead singer in a Midtown nightclub in the 1960s when her elegant tango first caught his eye, now regularly rolls his wife’s wheelchair to the piano at the Catholic nursing home in Manhattan where she ended up in 2010 as dementia, falls and surgical complications took their toll. He sings her favorite songs, feeds her home-cooked Italian food, and pays a private aide to be there when he cannot.

But one day last summer, after he disputed nursing home bills that had suddenly doubled Mrs. Palermo’s copays, and complained about inexperienced employees who dropped his wife on the floor, Mr. Palermo was shocked to find a six-page legal document waiting on her bed.

It was a guardianship petition filed by the nursing home, Mary Manning Walsh, asking the court to give a stranger full legal power over Mrs. Palermo, now 90, and complete control of her MONEY!

Read the article.
http://www.nytimes.com/2015/01/26/nyregion/to-collect-debts-nursing-home-seizing-control-over-patients.html


Police visit Richard Simmons amid elder abuse allegations


RIchard Simmons at the 2013 MTV VMAs. (Photo by Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images for MTV)





















Veteran fitness guru Richard Simmons had unexpected visitors on Friday night after police officers stopped by his Hollywood Hills home to investigate allegations of elder abuse.

http://blog.sfgate.com/dailydish/2015/01/26/police-visit-richard-simmons-amid-elder-abuse-allegations/

http://www.tmz.com/2015/01/24/richard-simmons-abuse-missing-investigation-depressed-home/



23 January 2015

Ex-cop gets jail; Father, daughter charged 60 counts; Happy ending?


Ex-Pinole cop gets jail time for bankruptcy fraud in elder abuse case

HAYWARD -- A former Pinole police officer accused of tricking an elderly Pleasanton neighbor into leaving him her estate was sentenced Wednesday to 66 days in jail and five years felony probation.

"You did everything you could to get your mitts on what Ms. Jones had," Judge Michael Gaffey told Matthew Messier, who had been second-in-command on the Pinole police force before his 2012 retirement while under police investigation.

"Instead of being a law enforcement officer, you are now a felon," Gaffey said.


Danville Father, Daughter Accused of Cheating Seniors Face Elder Abuse, Money Laundering Charges

Each defendant is charged with 60 felony counts, including financial elder abuse, burglary, forgery, conspiracy and money laundering.

The owners of a home improvement company accused of ripping off dozens of seniors by selling them customized showers based on bogus claims are scheduled to make their initial court appearances Wednesday in Riverside.


Thompson Falls man convicted of elder abuse

SUPERIOR – It’s difficult to call it a happy ending, but when Ben Poat died in August, he got to do it in his own home.

That was all he wanted.

On Thursday, the man who authorities said took advantage of the 84-year-old to obtain ownership of Poat’s property, vehicles and control of his money, was convicted in Mineral County District Court.

A jury found Daryl Enos Strang of Thompson Falls guilty of two felonies: Purposely or knowingly abusing or neglecting a victim, and exploitation of an elderly person resulting in losses in excess of $25,000.

$142,000 was drained out of Poat’s bank account over the course of a year.



13 January 2015

Woman charged; Plea deal reached; Elder abuse arrest


Woman Charged
A woman faces charges of elder abuse and theft after prosecutors say she took nearly $50,000 in cash and property… 
http://www.greatfallstribune.com/story/news/local/2015/01/12/woman-charged-elder-abuse-theft/21645243/


Plea Deal Reached
Two nurse’s aides pleaded guilty Friday to misdemeanor battery of an elderly woman at a long-term care facility… 
http://www.mysuburbanlife.com/2015/01/09/plea-deal-reached-in-elder-abuse-case/a7eimsn/


Elder Abuse Arrest
Twin Peaks sheriff's deputies arrested 47-year-old Lake Arrowhead resident Isabelle Rose Flores (aka Isabelle Rose Pinkston) for alleged elder abuse after an alleged argument [assault] sent an elderly man to the hospital with a fractured bone…
http://alpenhornnews.com/elder-abuse-arrest-p5662-1.htm





10 January 2015

Woman accused of stealing from parents; Embezzlement charges; MONEY! GREED!














Agents with the S.C. Law Enforcement Division arrested a Fort Mill woman Thursday on accusations that she stole nearly $30,000 from her parents' checking account.

Amy Adams Baker, 49, of Baxter Village was charged with two counts of forgery, a felony that carries a penalty of up to 10 years in prison...

www.heraldonline.com/2015/01/09/6687674_sled-arrests-fort-mill-woman-accused.html


Elder abuse, embezzlement charges filed against piano shop owner

Schroeder Piano Company owner Peter Schroeder is the subject of 14 felony counts ranging from elder abuse to grand theft. PHOTO BY DAVE SCHWAB

After a months-long investigation, criminal charges have been filed by the District Attorney's Office against a Bird Rock merchant whose business practices have been called into question.

“There are 14 felony counts that I have filed against Peter Schroeder. Five are financial elder abuse, and the balance are either embezzlement or grand theft,” said Paul Greenwood of the DA’s office.



MONEY! GREED!

Viola Simonds

The tiny, frail senior sits on her bed in a sparse room, hungry, lonely and confused.

Her adult son yelled at the woman today and ordered her to stay in her room with no supper.

Although it’s her own home, she is too afraid to come out.

So she sits there, alone. And she cries.

Elder abuse.

It’s happening now, in your city, your town, even on your street.

http://www.torontosun.com/2015/01/04/money-greed-usually-at-heart-of-elder-abuse




Read more here: http://www.heraldonline.com/2015/01/09/6687674_sled-arrests-fort-mill-woman-accused.html?rh=1#storylink=cpy


26 December 2014

Attorney Charged With Murdering His 88-Year-Old Mother


WBTV: Son may have killed mother to cover up thefts

Arrested Person Image

The 88-year-old woman who police say was shot to death by her son Monday at an east Charlotte home was a longtime educator who was part of a Duke University documentary on the Jim Crow era of the South.

And the man accused of killing her was a practicing attorney in Virginia who, according to Observer media partner WBTV, may have killed her to cover up that he had taken MONEY! from her.

Imogene Yongue was found dead Monday afternoon at a single-story home in the 6100 block of Vernedale Road, off Sharon Amity Road, according to Charlotte-Mecklenburg police. They responded after receiving a call about the woman’s welfare, police said.

The woman’s 56-year-old son, William Henry Yongue, was at the home, police said. After questioning him for several hours, detectives charged the man with first-degree murder.




Read more here: http://www.charlotteobserver.com/2014/12/24/5405567/wbtv-charlotte-woman-killed-for.html#storylink=cpy

21 December 2014

Elder Abuse News


Robert Amonette (Provided Photo/IMPD)
INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) – Marion County Prosecutor Terry Curry announced that a man has been charged with robbing an elderly victim multiple times over the course of several months.

Robert Amonette faces one count of armed robbery and 28 counts of robbery, all felonies, after authorities say he repeatedly robbed an 86-year-old, forcing the victim to provide cash and withdraw money from a bank account.

According to the probable cause affidavit, Amonette knew his victim. The victim would leave home each day for a walk around the neighborhood and attempt to avoid Amonette, but Amonette would locate and follow the victim. Amonette would then drive the victim to a bank to withdraw cash. In one incident, Amonette was allegedly armed with a handgun.


Kirkwood's booking photo. (Credit: Rocklin Police Department)
ROCKLIN (CBS13) – A Sacramento woman is facing elder abuse charges after she allegedly bought hundreds of dollars worth of stuff using a stolen identity.
Rocklin Police say that a 74-year-old victim reported that numerous unauthorized online purchases had been made from his bank account. A total of $760 worth of items was bought, police say.
UNION, W.Va. -- A Monroe County jury has ordered a woman to pay $325,000 in damages in an elder abuse case.

The circuit court jury found Betty B. Brown liable for fraud, conversion, unjust enrichment and breach of fiduciary duties. Jurors awarded 98-year-old Isadora Beavers $151,777 in compensatory damages and $175,000 in punitive damages.

http://www.wchstv.com/news/features/eyewitness-news/stories/WV-Woman-To-Pay-325-000-Damages-In-Elder-Abuse-Case-64449.shtml#.VJbwqsAOA

Jean Dombrowski in a photo supplied by the Philadelphia Police Department.
The live-in caregiver of an elderly East Frankford woman was being held on assault charges after the woman in her care was found starving, covered in filth, and suffering from festering, maggot-infested sores.
She later died in what city prosecutors Monday called one of the most horrific cases of elder abuse their office has ever seen, and prosecutors are now weighing a murder charge.


04 December 2014

Casey Kasem elder abuse case submitted to D.A.


The saga involving Casey Kasem’s unburied body continues.

http://pagesix.com/2014/12/02/casey-kasem-elder-abuse-case-submitted-to-d-a/

[snip]
"The saga involving Casey Kasem’s unburied body continues.

It’s been nearly six months since Casey’s death and the Los Angles Police Department has finally submitted its elder abuse case to the district attorney, reports TMZ.

The investigation, which was launched by Casey’s children, targets the late television legend’s widow,Jean Kasem.

The report claims Jean neglected her ailing husband in his last months, which caused infected bed sores, which may have contributed to his death."



21 November 2014

INACTIVE: DANIEL KRISTOF LAK - FAILURE TO APPEAR/CHILD SUPPORT


Actions Affecting Eligibility to Practice Law

Effective DateDescriptionCase NumberResulting Status

Disciplinary and Related Actions
11/20/2014Ordered inactive13-O-16490Not Eligible To Practice Law 
8/15/2014Notice of Disc Charges Filed in SBCt14-O-04073
8/11/2014Suspended, failed to pass Prof.Resp.Exam12-O-11263Not Eligible To Practice Law 
4/30/2014Notice of Disc Charges Filed in SBCt13-O-16490
6/30/2013Discipline w/actual suspension12-O-11263Not Eligible To Practice Law 

Administrative Actions
11/20/2014Suspended/Child & Fam Supp noncomplianceNot Eligible To Practice Law 
7/1/2014Suspended, failed to pay Bar membr. feesNot Eligible To Practice Law 
8/27/2013Suspended/Child & Fam Supp noncomplianceNot Eligible To Practice Law 
5/22/2013Suspended/Child & Fam Supp noncomplianceNot Eligible To Practice Law 
11/26/2012Suspended/Child & Fam Supp noncomplianceNot Eligible To Practice Law





19 November 2014

Would You Be Willing To Report A Family Member For Financial Elder Abuse?



It would take some nerve to report an abusive family member to law enforcement.  We also know from the National Center on Elder Abuse that most abusers are family members.  And they tell us that only 44 out of 1000 instances of abuse are reported to authorities.  Why aren’t more cases reported to the very authorities capable of stopping the abusers?

It seems to me that most family members are simply unwilling to “rat out” another family member even when they know that abuse is going on. When it comes to the elders themselves, there is shame and embarrassment  with being taken advantage of by someone close, and someone they really trusted, a grown child perhaps.  They hesitate. They are fearful.  They want to talk about it but not do anything about it.  And the reluctance to report the abuse to Adult Protective Services is not limited to the elders who can’t bear to call the authorities about a son, daughter or other relative.

Read the article:

See also: 
Is A Family Member Ripping Off Your Aging Parent?


18 November 2014

Daniel Kristof Lak - Stick a fork in him, he's done


11/20/2014Ordered inactive13-O-16490
























LAK, DANIEL KRISTOF

Case Name:Lak, Daniel KristofCase Number:13-O-16490
Member #:216983Venue:LA
Status:OpenCase Filed:04/30/2014
Counsel:Pro PerDeputy Trial Counsel:Lee A. Kern
Assigned Judge:Yvette Roland

DateDescriptionNotes
11/17/2014Motion: Bifurcate/Sever by State Bar Court/Own MotionBIFURCATE/SEVER FROM CASE NO. 14-O-04073
11/17/2014Motion: Default Pursuant to Rule 5.80/5.81 by State Bar Court/Own MotionDEFAULT PURSUANT TO RULE 5.80/5.81 (FAILURE TO APPEAR)
11/17/2014Hearing OrderTRANSFER INACTIVE 6007(E) EFFECTIVE DATE: 11/20/2014
11/17/2014Ruling On Motion Filed 11/17/2014: GrantedBIFURCATE/SEVER FROM CASE NO. 14-O-04073
11/17/2014Ruling On Motion Filed 11/17/2014: GrantedDEFAULT PURSUANT TO RULE 5.80/5.81 (FAILURE TO APPEAR)
11/17/2014TrialHELD,DEFAULT ENTERED
11/14/2014DocumentSTATUS CONFERENCE ORDER
11/12/2014DocumentOSC RE EXCLUDING EVIDENCE
11/12/2014Status ConferenceHELD,ORDERED TO TRIAL
11/06/2014DocumentORDER REASSIGNING PROCEEDING
11/06/2014Pretrial ConferenceNOT HELD,ORDERED TO STC
10/29/2014DocumentPRETRIAL STATEMENT
09/12/2014Ruling On Motion Filed 08/15/2014: GrantedEVIDENTIARY SANCTIONS FOR FAILING TO COMPLY WITH COURT'S JULY 30, 2014 ORDER
09/05/2014Ruling On Motion Filed 08/06/2014: GrantedMOTION TO STRIKE & SEAL PORTIONS OF R'S RESPONSE TO NDC
09/03/2014TrialNOT HELD,CONTINUED
09/02/2014DocumentTRIAL DATE AND ORDER PURSUANT TO STC
09/02/2014TrialNOT HELD,CONTINUED
08/28/2014DocumentORDER RE SETTLEMENT CONFERENCE
08/27/2014Pretrial ConferenceNOT HELD,ORDERED TO STC
08/27/2014Settlement ConferenceHELD,NOT SUBMITTED
08/27/2014Status ConferenceHELD,ORDERED TO PTC
08/25/2014Settlement ConferenceNOT HELD,OFF CALENDAR
08/15/2014Motion: Sanctions Non-Discovery by Deputy Trial CounselEVIDENTIARY SANCTIONS FOR FAILING TO COMPLY WITH COURT'S JULY 30, 2014 ORDER
08/12/2014Pretrial ConferenceNOT HELD,CONTINUED
08/06/2014Motion: Strike by Deputy Trial CounselMOTION TO STRIKE & SEAL PORTIONS OF R'S RESPONSE TO NDC
07/30/2014Ruling On Motion Filed 07/03/2014: GrantedCOMPEL DISCOVERY/SANCTIONS
07/17/2014DocumentORDER RE SETTLEMENT CONFERENCE
07/16/2014Settlement ConferenceHELD,CONTINUED
07/08/2014Ruling On Motion Filed 06/24/2014: DeniedRULE 5.115/224 RECONSIDERATION
07/03/2014Motion: Compel Discovery/Sanctions by Deputy Trial CounselCOMPEL DISCOVERY/SANCTIONS
06/27/2014Motion ResponseRULE 5.115/224 RECONSIDERATION
06/24/2014Motion: Rule 5.115/224 Reconsideration by RespondentRULE 5.115/224 RECONSIDERATION
06/04/2014DocumentTRIAL DATE AND ORDER PURSUANT TO STC
06/04/2014Ruling On Motion Filed 05/20/2014: DeniedMTN TO STAY PROCEEDING PENDING SUP COURT'S RULING ON R'S MTN TO SET ASSIDE JDGMT
06/03/2014Status ConferenceHELD,ORDERED TO TRIAL
05/28/2014Motion ResponseMTN TO STAY PROCEEDING PENDING SUP COURT'S RULING ON R'S MTN TO SET ASSIDE JDGMT
05/20/2014Motion: Motion/Request by RespondentMTN TO STAY PROCEEDING PENDING SUP COURT'S RULING ON R'S MTN TO SET ASSIDE JDGMT
05/20/2014DocumentR'S SPECIFIC DENIAL OF COUNTS 1-6 LISTED IN THE NDC
05/02/2014DocumentNOTICE OF ASSIGNMENT & INITIAL STC; JUDI CIAL DISCLOSURE & ORDER
04/30/2014DocumentNOTICE OF DISCIPLINARY CHARGES

15 November 2014

1916 N. Belhaven Ave - Flipped


1916 North Belhaven StLos Angeles, CA 90059

$260,000
Listed at Price
 
2
Beds
 
1
Baths
 
832 Sq. Ft.
$313 / Sq. Ft.

Built: 1944 Lot Size: 5,243 Sq. Ft. Cumulative: 
7 days

Why is this lower?

 
On Redfin: 12 days
Status:

 
Pending Sale

Pending Sale

This listing is set to close and all contingencies have been fulfilled. The lender, the escrow agent or attorney are processing the loan and title documents to make sure the deal will close on time.
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