Senior Abuse in Florida
Independent Contractors put you at Risk
Hiring a home care independent contractor can put you at risk 0f senior abuse in Florida. Hiring a care giver off the street or some web site it can be very risky! Please click the following link to understand the types of home care providers in Florida – http://www.partnersinhc.com/orlando-home-care/types-of-home-care/. The following articles highlight however sadly senior abuse in Florida as reported in the news. Don’t be a victim select a licensed and accredited Home Health Agency.
Caregiver accused of stealing $11,000 from elderly man
Posted: Dec 12, 2013 2:56 PM ESTUpdated: Dec 12, 2013 2:58 PM EST
Deputies: Relatives stole $870,000 from blind, elderly man with dementia
Relatives of a hard-of-hearing, legally blind 80-year-old widower with dementia were arrested Friday after a six-month investigation revealed that they misappropriated at least $870,000 of his money, the Orange County Sheriff’s Office said.
The man’s daughter, Cynthia Lane Thomas, 58; her husband, Richard Henry Thomas, 57; and Richard Thomas’ son, Richard Aaron Thomas, 33, were jailed on charges of exploitation of an elderly person and first-degree grand theft.
Caregiver sentenced to probation in theft from elderly Spring Hill man
BROOKSVILLE — A woman accused of stealing roughly $25,000 from an elderly man in her care was sentenced Friday to five years of probation.
Joy Serini, 40, pleaded no contest to one count of exploitation of the elderly. Hernando County Circuit Judge Anthony Tatti departed from the minimum guideline of 21 months in state prison on the condition Serini pay back the money prosecutors say she stole from a 91-year-old Spring Hill man who suffered from dementia.
Serini is required to pay at least $400 a month, said Assistant State Attorney Rob Lewis. She faces up to 15 years in prison if she violates the terms of her probation.
Serini, who was arrested in November and now lives in Pasco County, was serving as an informal caregiver for the man and stole the money by making fraudulent check, debit card and credit card transactions, according to the Hernando Sheriff’s Office. Detectives say Serini’s husband, roommate and one of her close friends all told investigators she was using the man’s checks and cards to make purchases for herself and withdraw money from his account at ATMs.
“Though we believe at trial we would have shown she was not guilty of stealing that much money, we felt it was in her best interest to accept the deal as offered,” said Assistant Public Defender Dave Bauer.
Former caregiver arrested for fraud, theft
Posted: Feb 08, 2013 6:07 PM ESTUpdated: Feb 8, 2013 06:07 PM