MA4 Offers Advice To Guard Against Financial Exploitation

It’s a sad fact, but sometimes the people we trust the most make us their victims. A recent case of financial exploitation of an elderly man in hospice care in St. Louis brought this problem to the forefront within recent days. Allegedly, a care provider stole a patient’s credit card while on duty and subsequently charged thousands of dollars of unauthorized purchases to the man’s account.

KSDK TV News reported on the case and turned to the Mid-East Area Agency on Aging for tips on how to prevent this type of financial exploitation.

To prevent elder theft, the Agency suggests conducting background checks on caretakers, or hiring a health care company that requires background checks. They also say to lock up valuables and financial information, and have multiple people monitoring a potential victim’s financial records.

For more on this topic, and to view KSDK’s original report please click on this link.http://www.ksdk.com/story/news/crime/2015/04/24/woman-accused-of-stealing-from-hospice-patient/26332553/

And if you suspect that something is wrong in your household, do not hesitate to contact law enforcement officials. They can help.

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