Financial Exploitation of the Elderly

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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

Carmelita Pasamba (left), her husband Edgardo Pasamba (center) and her sister Jocelyn Varga Baker (right) are accused of stealing $350,000 from an elderly dementia patient for whom Carmelita Pasamba was working as an in-home caregiver. (Credit: Cook County State's Attorney)

Caregiver, Husband, Sister Charged With Bilking Dementia Patient Out Of $350K

A 94-year-old retired city engineer diagnosed with dementia was bilked out of $350,000 by a nursing assistant who rehabbed her home, gave money to family members, and bought herself a Mercedes-Benz with his money, according to prosecutors.


Melissa A. Reilly (Credit: Lake County Sheriff's Office)

Cops: Woman Swindled $30K From Elderly Man

A north suburban woman swindled $30,000 from an elderly man to buy items for herself including gasoline, a refrigerator and a home theater system, according to authorities.


Jennifer Curtis (Credit: Cook County Sheriff)

Granddaughter Accused Of Stealing Over $200,000 From Grandma

A Palatine woman has been arrested on charges she stole more than $200,000 from her 98-year-old grandmother.


Lynn Pranga, a manager at the MB Financial Bank branch in St. Charles, is accused of stealing more than $20,000 from the accounts of an 80-year-old man. (Credit: St. Charles Police)

Bank Manager Charged With Stealing From 80-Year-Old Man

A suburban bank manager is accused of stealing more than $20,000 from the accounts of an elderly man.

CBS Chicago–07/25/2012


Sheriff: Man Stole $900,000 From Aunt With Alzheimer’s

A Melrose Park man has been charged with stealing more than $900,000 from his late aunt, who suffered from Alzheimer’s disease.

CBS Chicago–04/09/2011