Killed Over a Coin Collection: Another Tragedy Pointing to the Rise of Elder Abuse

Recently, the Seattle Times reported about a loosely organized crime ring that has been targeting senior citizens.

The latest reported casualty is Navy veteran Frances “Patrick” Fleming. He had spoken openly about his coin collection, which unfortunately caught the attention of Charles Jungbluth and Gilda Ramirez. Jungbluth and Ramirez allegedly stabbed Mr. Fleming to death in early December 2011.

According to the Times’ article, in late August of this year, Jungbluth, 51, of Lake Stevens, and Ramirez, 49, of Seattle, were charged with first-degree murder and each ordered held at the King County Jail in lieu of $2 million bail.

70 year old slayed over coin collection

Apparently, those charged for the death and theft of Mr. Fleming and their associates target vulnerable adults to commit financial crimes.

An important takeaway from this article is that there is a rise in this type of crime, where elder financial abuse is at the crux. Please remember to urge your elderly relatives to be more cautious around those they do not know.

If someone you care about may have been the victim of elder abuse or neglect, Kevin Coluccio is available for a free consultation. Kevin is a Top 10 Washington Super Lawyers, and has helped find justice for many families who have fallen prey to elder abuse.



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Kevin Coluccio was recently named one of the Top 10 Super Lawyers in Washington State. He has long history of successful elder abuse/neglect cases and has a stellar reputation for getting results for his injury clients in serious car crashes, pedestrian accidents, trucking accidents, maritime claims, and asbestos injury cases.