Cobb Caregiver indicted after cops say he killed 91-year-old man

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A caregiver at an East Cobb assisted-living facility has been indicted on felony murder charges after police say he beat a 91-year-old patient to death.

The Cobb County grand jury made the decision on Thursday to move along the case of Landon Jean Pierre Terrel, court documents show.

According to a warrant, Terrel — who stands 6 feet and 3 inches tall, weighing 369 pounds  — beat Adam Neil Bennett inside the Sunrise at Cobb facility on Johnson Ferry Road until he broke the elderly man’s ribs, lacerated his kidney and punctured a lung. Continue Reading on

Grandson arrested, 'person of interest' in grandmother's disappearance

DECATUR, Ga. -- The DeKalb County Police have arrested the man they believe had something to do with his grandmother's "suspicious" disappearance.

Gregory Williams, 37, was arrested Thursday at the Kroger, located at the intersection of Flakes Mill and Flat Shoals Parkway just before 1 p.m., after police spotted him inside his grandmother, Millicent Williams' car, a 2014 Toyota Corolla in the parking lot, DeKalb County Police Lt. Lonzy Robertson said. Continue Reading

Murder conviction stands for woman who left veteran outside to freeze

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The state Supreme Court on Monday upheld the murder conviction of a Clayton County caregiver who locked a mentally disabled veteran out of her house in January 2014 and watched television inside while he froze to death.

The frozen body of Arthur Pelham, 66, was found outside the woman’s locked back door.

Dale El Smith, 74, argued in her appeal that she had sent Pelham outside to catch a bus to an adult daycare center that day and that she did not know the center had closed because of freezing temperatures. Continue Reading

Cobb widow taken for millions sparks debate over elder abuse


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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Gwinnett judge adds to sentence of woman convicted of elder abuse

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A Gwinnett County judge had the same question as everyone else when sentencing a woman convicted of abusing a disabled patient in her care.

Judge Tom Davis wanted to know why Lisa Williams punched, kicked and tried to use a dementia patient’s shirt to strangle her back in April.

“Didn’t she have enough going on without you adding to her burdens?” Davis asked in court, according to Channel 2 Action News.

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Mother, daughter appear in court after bones found

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ATLANTA - A mother and daughter made their first appearance in court Saturday, in connection with a missing elderly woman whose body was found buried in her backyard.

Theresa Frawley and her daughter, Brandy Hodder, face fraud and identity theft charges. Neither are facing murder or abuse charges.

Police said they do not know how or even when the victim, 77-year-old Connie Hodgson, died.

She was last seen alive five years ago. In November, her bones were dug up behind her former home. The house’s new owner made the discovery at the residence on Elsinor Street in East Point. Continue Reading

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


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

9 people indicted in Gwinnett unlicensed care home case


Nine people accused of running unlicensed personal care homes for adults in Gwinnett County have been indicted by a grand jury.

Eight have been arrested and remained in Gwinnett County Jail Friday without bond. Among other things, they are accused of not making sure residents took their medicines and preventing some from having access to food.

They were swept up after a Dec. 2 raid of a dozen homes in the Snellville and Loganville area which followed a months-long investigation dubbed “Operation Mercury” into unlicensed homes. The operation began with the investigation into a single home in May. Following the investigation, 12 homes were shut down and residents were removed from the residences...Continue Reading

Elder caregivers arrested for stealing clients' jewelry

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GWINNETT COUNTY, Ga. -- Two caregivers have been arrested after allegedly stealing thousands of dollars in jewelry from an elderly couple they were supposed to be helping.

Gwinnett County police said the investigation began on Oct. 16 when they were notified of $6,000 worth of jewelry stolen from the victims' Lawrenceville residence. 

The 74-year-old woman who reported the theft to police, talked to 11 Alive News but only wanted us to use her first name Mary. Mary said the two women cared for her 93-year-old husband, a World War II veteran who has Alzheimers. Mary said the incident has changed her life. "I'm not going to be as trusting of people," she said. Continue Reading...

Georgia Bankers Association pledges participation in new ABA campaign to fight elder financial fraud


Atlanta, GA, September 11, 2015 --( The Georgia Bankers Association is joining the American Bankers Association Foundation in a new campaign – Safe Banking for Seniors – to provide America’s seniors and their caregivers with tools to prevent financial fraud. Safe Banking for Seniors will mobilize bankers across Georgia to educate older Americans and their caregivers about elder financial abuse.

“Georgia’s bankers play a critical role in the prevention of elder financial fraud from spotting signs of abuse to raising awareness and reporting abuse when they see it,” said Joe Brannen, GBA president and CEO. “We are pleased to be joining the American Bankers Association Foundation in an effort to fight financial abuse of seniors.”