financial abuse

Caretaker stole $250,000 from elderly patient

A judge sentenced the caregiver for an elderly Oregon woman to three and a half years in prison.

Ana Hagan is believed to have stolen about $250,000 from the elderly woman in her care. The police found evidence that she had lost $233,000 gambling at a casino.

Last week, she pleaded guilty to criminal mistreatment and theft charges.

Busted by the bank

Financial abuse of the elderly is a big but quiet problem: it’s the most common form of elder abuse, but often goes unreported.

In this case, the elderly woman’s bank, Central Willamette Community Credit Union, prompted a police investigation when they flagged suspicious account activity.

The intrepid credit union employees who contacted the police deserve our thanks.

Bank monitoring is one of the best tools we have to stop the financial exploitation of senior citizens. See Shame, Embarrassment and Privacy Laws Shouldn’t Allow Financial Elder Abuse.

About Kevin

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.