Nursing home residents are victims of financial abuse
Posted on behalf of Stewart Bell, PLLC on Nov 28, 2011 in Nursing Home Injury or Death
Vulnerable individuals can easily suffer nursing home abuse and be taken advantage of by those who do not have their best interests in mind. There are many ways that those who rely on others for their care and well-being can be taken advantage of such as through physical, emotional and financial abuse.
A nursing assistant and her husband were convicted on charges of stealing more than $120,000 from the vulnerable adults in her care from 2006 through 2008. As a nursing assistant working at a nursing home she was able to access the personal and financial information of those she was supposed to be caring for.
The couple stole the identity of these vulnerable individuals who trusted this nursing assistant with their personal information. The couple purchased such items as a car, a watch and a gold bar with the money they stole from the victims. They were able to cash checks from the victim's bank accounts and use the victim's credit cards to make these purchases.
The wife was sentenced in September to almost four years in prison, while the husband was sentenced to three years in prison.
This story is important for West Virginia residents who may be vulnerable to financial abuse at the hands of those who are responsible for their care. If you suspect that you or a loved one has been the victim of financial abuse, or any form of nursing home abuse, you should know that you have rights and you can seek compensation for your loss and ill treatment.
Source: Star Tribune, "Mpls. man who aided wife in ripping off vulnerable adults is sent to prison," Nov. 23, 2011