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Man's identity stolen in case of elder abuse

As people age, they often become reliant on their younger relatives. Unfortunately, some people take advantage of being in a position of trust like this. A recent case of elder abuse within a family was reported south of Ontario, though events like this are not unknown here at home.

The daughter of an 89-year old man recently discovered her brother and his wife were using their father's identity to steal money. The pair set up a chequing account in their father's name and directed annuity payments into it for their own use. The victim, a Second World War veteran and widower, was unaware of what was going on.

After being alerted by the daughter, state police conducted an investigation. They discovered that approximately $17,000 had been stolen from the victim. A 50-year old man and his 51-year old wife, both of Webster, New York -- a town just east of Rochester -- were arrested. The man was charged with first degree identity theft, and the woman with second degree identity theft. Both were arraigned in a local court, and their next appearance in court was to have been on Oct. 20, 2016.

Older men and women, especially those living alone, are sometimes at risk of elder abuse due to their isolation. Experts suggest trying to stay aware of one's financial situation by keeping in contact with their bank and reviewing their accounts. Any older individuals in Ontario who suspects they are victims of elder abuse should contact the authorities. It may also be a good idea to seek legal advice from an attorney practicing law who deals with such matters.

Source:, "Police: Webster couple stole 89-year-old father's identity", Oct. 12, 2016

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