Elderly multimillionaire nearly dies of neglect


(wsbtv.com)

CLAYTON COUNTY, Ga. — Police are investigating a case of elder abuse in which officers suspect the victim's caretakers stole her money to pay for college tuition. Patricia Neville, 75, lives in Jonesboro, Georgia. When police found her in her home last October, she had life­ threatening wounds too graphic to describe.

Police arrested three people who had been hired to take care of her, but instead, may have neglected her. 

"She was near death. She was near death," conservator Elizabeth Williams Winfield said. Winfield said when she was appointed by the courts last November to be the conservator of Neville's estate, Neville was in poor health.

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Cobb widow taken for millions sparks debate over elder abuse

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COBB COUNTY, Ga -- By the time help arrived, those who Frances Perkins entrusted with her health and financial security had inflicted significant harm on the Marietta widow.

She lived in squalor with dead rats in her home, suffered from dementia and was caught between her two daughters’ estranged relationship, far removed from the days of operating a country general store and gas station with her husband, Charles, in East Cobb.

Over a lifetime, Perkins amassed wealth from family real estate investments and, after her husband died in 1992, she lived frugally by habits forged growing up during the Great Depression, spending little from her nest egg of millions.

That life changed in September 2011 when, just days shy of her 90th birthday and in early stages of dementia, Perkins signed over financial power of attorney to a man who just a couple years before had been a total stranger.

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Judge: Cobb, Dekalb men collected dead parents' Social Security

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Two metro Atlanta men were sentenced for posing as their dead parents and stealing $500,000 of taxpayer money, federal prosecutors announced Tuesday.

Corry Sandlin of Marietta and John W. Jackson Jr. of Decatur lied to Social Security workers about how their parents died, the agency said in a news release.

"Both defendants got away with their lies for years, stealing large sums of taxpayer dollars," said federal prosecutor John Horn. "Theft like this directly impacts others who receive these types of benefits.  Continue Reading