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DuPage County Stepping Up Effort To Combat Elder Abuse

According to DuPage County Board member Bob Larsen, who chairs the Health and Human Services Committee, there were 467 “intakes” last year in which social workers or others were needed to investigate calls about possible abuse of senior citizens or disabled adults under the age of 60.

07/09/2014

Jacqueline Santos (left) and Chemyra Barnett (right), both 18, are accused of physically abusing a nursing home patient and videotaping the incident. (Credit: St. Charles Police)

Teens Charged With Videotaping Abuse Of Nursing Home Resident

South Elgin residents Chemyra Barnett, 18, of the 300 block of Watch Court; and Jacqueline Santos, 18, of the 1300 block of Timber Lane, are charged with aggravated battery of a person over 60, and unlawful videotaping.

03/14/2014

Prison fence

‘Joey The Clown’ Lombardo Claims ‘Elder Abuse’ In NC Prison

Wisecracking Chicago Outfit killer Joseph “Joey the Clown” Lombardo claims he is being subjected to “elder abuse” as a result of being placed in solitary confinement last year in a North Carolina federal prison.

01/21/2014

Elmwood Police Sgt. John Wasilenko, left; Angelo Ditore, his alleged victim. (CBS)

2 Investigators: Cop Allegedly Bilked Ailing Senior Of $20,000

A Cook County official says Elmwood Park Police Sgt. John Wasilenko stole tens of thousands of dollars from an elderly man suffering from dementia. CBS 2′s Dave Savini reports.

01/02/2014

Daley Plaza

Cook County Opens New Elder Justice Center

Senior citizens in Cook County who need help navigating the court system, or fighting fraud and abuse, now have one place to turn for information.

WBBM Newsradio–09/03/2013

Nicole Falls, 40, is charged in connection with her grandmother's death. (Chicago Police)

Grandmother Found Dead With Maggots In Hair Was Victim Of Elder Abuse: Prosecutors

A South Side woman has been charged with elderly neglect after her malnourished, bedridden grandmother was discovered dead with maggots in her hair, bed sores, skin ulcers and chemical burns caused by lying in her own urine.

03/07/2013

Olga Vanis is out $44,000 -- money stolen by a former caregiver. (CBS)

Caregiver Steals $44,000 From Elderly Woman

An attorney for Olga Vanis says her bank bears blame for not detecting obvious forged checks. CBS 2′s Jim Williams reports.

03/04/2013

Marshall Davies' savings were allegedly drained by  his former caretaker, Carmelita Pasamba (right). (CBS)

2 Investigators: Caretaker Drains Elderly Man’s Savings Of More Than $500,000

The Cook County Public Guardians Office plans to sue the former caretaker of an elderly man for allegedly siphoning his savings of more than $500,000. 2 Investigator Pam Zekman reports.

03/30/2012

Rosemary And Timothy Zink

Couple Charged With Stealing $140,000 From Man, 96

A northwest suburban couple has been charged with stealing $140,000 from a 96-year-old man.

CBS Chicago–11/08/2011

Pile of cash (CBS)

Experts: More Seniors Being Targeted For Scams

They’re supposed to be the golden years, but in these bad economic times more and more seniors are instead being victimized – ripped off by people they trust. It’s a crime that’s believed to be way under-reported.

CBS 2–09/29/2011

File photo of a walker. (Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

Three Counties Announce Joint Effort To Stop Elder Abuse

The state’s attorneys of three counties have announced a joint effort to scrutinize the deaths of some elderly residents in the future – with the intention of putting a stop to elder abuse.

WBBM Newsradio–06/22/2011

George Knezevic (credit: Lake County Jail)

Charges Upgraded To Murder In 94-Year-Old Mom’s Death

Woman was beaten and choked. Debris-filled home had paths carved through the clutter.

10/20/2010