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Man bankrupts mother in case of financial elder abuse

The effects of abuse are not always visible on the surface of the victim. Physical violence is just one form of abuse, and the others can be just as damaging. A sad case of elder abuse was recently tried in an Ontario court, where a man stood accused of fleecing his now deceased mother out of half a million dollars.

In Aug. 2016 a 60-year-old man was found guilty of theft over $5,000 and fraud over $5,000 for stealing money from his mother. After the man's father died, he was granted power of attorney over his mother's finances, and he utilized her bank account for his own purposes. Evidence shown in court revealed the man was spending very large sums of money, including one span of just over a week during which he withdrew $51,000. It is estimated that he stole $500,000 from his mother's estate before his brother was able to have him arrested.

The man's mother, who claimed to love her son even after finding out what he'd done, was eventually removed from her retirement home due to her lack of funds. She died broke and homeless at the age of 90, the court heard. On Nov. 10, 2016, a Toronto judge sentenced him to three years in jail, and ordered him to pay $125,000 in restitution costs.

Emotional and financial abuse of an elder can be every bit as deplorable as physical abuse. It may be difficult, however, to get the proper authorities to take notice. There may also be relief through the filing of civil actions seeking monetary damages. A personal injury attorney who handles cases of elder abuse may be able to help any man or woman in Ontario who believes they or a loved one have been victimized.

Source: thespec.com, "Ontario man who scammed his mom of life savings jailed three years", Jeremy Grimaldi, Nov. 10, 2016

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