9 people indicted in Gwinnett unlicensed care home case

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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

Woman arrested for theft by deception of over $66,000 from elderly Bulloch Co. couple

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BULLOCH CO., GA (WTOC) - An elderly Bulloch County couple in Statesboro recently reported the theft of over $66,000 over a two year period.

Investigators learned that the couple knew the suspect, 27-year-old Krystal Daniels of Statesboro, through an individual who had performed work for the couple...Continue Reading

Dougherty County officials see increase in crime against elderly

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ALBANY, GA (WALB) -

Dougherty County law enforcers say exploitation crimes against the elderly are skyrocketing. Investigators, prosecutors, and judges all agree that crooks see many seniors as easy targets. And they say family members are too often the ones exploiting the senior citizens.  

It's a shocking crime that law enforcement says is increasing dramatically as the population ages. The District Attorney says he is looking to start a task force to work only crimes against the elderly...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...

Arrest made after elderly woman found tied up

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THOMASVILLE, GA (WALB) -
A shocking case of suspected elder abuse is uncovered by a Meals on Wheels volunteer. An 87-year-old Thomasville woman is in the hospital after police say she was tied up by her caretaker, who is also a relative.

A Meals on Wheels volunteer in Thomasville was on his normal route, taking meals to homes on Monday, but this time, something was different. TPD Sgt. Maurice Holmes said, "He knocked on the door, and he heard a female voice inside screaming for help." Continue Reading...

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

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Atlanta, GA, September 11, 2015 --(PR.com)-- 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.”

Details emerge in Athens 'slave house' investigation, warrant contains allegations of sexual abuse

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Authorities are looking into allegations an Athens woman who ran an unlicensed personal care home for people with special needs may have also sexually abused residents at the home. Among allegations contained in a recently filed search warrant, 55-year-old Emma Lois Heard took a woman suffering from schizophrenia to Atlanta to have sex with men. She also allegedly filmed sexual acts performed by the woman and men living in the home at 200 Landor Drive in west Athens.

The allegations were made by the daughter of the woman with schizophrenia, who told police “Heard is sometimes paid in illegal drugs for sexual acts by the residents,” according to the warrant filed last month in Clarke County Superior Court. Continue Reading...