NCEA Newsfeed for 5/9/14

NCEA Newsfeed – Friday, May 9, 2014


The newsfeed includes articles and stories related to abuse of elders and adults with disabilities.  Articles related to elders appear in the top half of the newsfeed.  Articles related to abuse of adults with disabilities appear towards the bottom.  To subscribe to the NCEA listserv, please send an email with your name, occupation, your organization/agency name, city and state, and a statement about your professional interest or expertise in elder abuse to  Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter!  An archived collection of previous newsfeeds is available here:


A calendar of upcoming elder abuse and neglect events and funding opportunities can be found at the bottom of the newsfeed.




ARKANSAS (DeQueen),, May 8, 2014

Three Men Arrested in DeQueen Nursing Home Abuse Case

Three men in their early twenties have been arrested and charged with abuse of an endangered or impaired person.


CALIFORNIA (Newport Beach), Daily Pilot, May 6, 2014

Man Gets More Than 7 Years for Stealing from Woman with Dementia,0,2615690.story

A 44-year-old-man plead guilty to one felony count each of first-degree residential burglary, caretaker theft from an elder and fraudulently using an access card, as well as three felony counts of forgery.  He was sentenced to more than 7 years in prison for stealing in excess of $280,000 from a 98-year-old woman who was blind, deaf, and suffering from dementia.


CALIFORNIA (Hanford), The Sentinel, May 8, 2014

$7.25 M Settlement Reached in Kings County Ag Fraud Suit

A 76-year-old woman who owns a pistachio ranch in the Central Valley found her business in deep debt due to her daughter’s and son-in-law’s activities as the farm’s bookkeeper and farm manager.  The couple was charged with elder abuse/financial abuse, intentional misrepresentation, and other damages.


CALIFORNIA (San Fernando Valley), Post-Periodical of Western San Fernando Valley News, May 6, 2014

Exterminator Accused of Scamming Elderly

A 32-year-old man has been arrested and charged with theft from an elder or dependent adult.  He was allegedly posing as a contractor and charging elderly victims thousands of dollars for unnecessary home repairs and even convinced an 84-year-old man with dementia to apply for a reverse mortgage on his home to pay for the fraudulent services.


IOWA (Burlington),, May 6, 2014

Woman Convicted of Stealing money Ordered Out of Victim’s Will

A 30-year-old woman and a 59-year-old woman have been charged with second-degree theft and dependent adult abuse for stealing thousands of dollars from an 88-year-old woman and changing the named beneficiary in her living will.


KENTUCKY (Louisville), WAVE3 News, May 9, 2014

Caregiver Charged with Exploiting Dementia Patient

A 66-year-old woman was charged with knowingly exploiting an adult (a woman with dementia) for financial gain.  She convinced the elderly woman to write checks valued at more than $5,000 to her.


LOUISIANA (Baton Rouge), The Advocate, May 7, 2014

Police:  Man Bilked Money from Grandmother for Drugs

A 20 –year-old man conned his 74-year-old grandmother into giving him over $100,000 which he used to buy heroin and barbiturates.


MASSACHUSETTS (Framingham), WCVB TV, May 8, 2014

Two Charged with Elder Assault at an Assisted-Living Facility!LwKAv

A 25-year-old man and an 18-year-old woman who worked at an assisted-living facility have admitted to filming themselves physically abusing and humiliating elderly Alzheimer’s patients at the facility because they thought it was funny.


MICHIGAN (Detroit), KFOR TV, May 8, 2014

90-Year-Old  WWII Veteran with Dementia Sentenced to Prison for Running Cocaine for Cartel

A 90-year-old man was caught with millions of dollars worth of cocaine in his car during a routine traffic stop.  The man has dementia and various other health problems, but was still held responsible for his actions and sentenced to 36 months in prison.


MICHIGAN (Midland),, May 9, 2014

Sentencing Rescheduled for Bay City Woman Convicted of involvement in Alleged Ponzi Scheme

A Bay City woman has been found guilty of nine felonies for her part in an alleged Ponzi scheme that includes a count of embezzlement from a vulnerable adult.


MINNESOTA (Waseca County),, May 9, 2014

Woman Sentenced for Financial Exploitation of Mom

A 47-year-old woman already serving a year in prison for financial crimes has been sentenced for financially exploiting her mother.


MISSOURI (Salem), The Salem News Online, May 6, 2014

Exploitation of the Eldery(sic):  Hannibal Man Allegedly Rips Off Residents with Inflated Handyman Work

A man has been charged with three felony counts of financial exploitation of the elderly for charging three- to four- times the reasonable charge for handyman work.  The article also discusses current trends in elder financial abuse in Missouri.


OHIO (Dayton),, May 9, 2014

Ex-Banker Gets 5 Years for Defrauding Elderly

A 40-year-old former bank manager has been convicted of stealing more than $1,000,000 from elderly and vulnerable customers.  She also allegedly convinced an elderly woman with dementia to draw up a new will and turn against her own children.


TEXAS (Dallas), WFAA TV, May 6, 2014

Friends Fear Dementia Led to Murder of 87-year-old Cleburne Wife

An 83-year-old man is in jail accused of murdering his 87-year-old wife.  A month prior to her murder, the wife had requested a mental evaluation of her husband, but the evaluation did not find a cause to commit the husband.




CANADA (Edmonton), Edmonton Journal, May 7, 2014

Albertans Banned from Seeing Family in Care Facilities Renew Calls for Oversight (with video)

Although Alberta’s Ombudsman has ruled that she was treated unfairly, an Alberta woman has been banned from visiting her father and can only visit her mother for one hour per week.


ENGLAND (Sutton), The Is Local London, May 6, 2014

Teenage Boy Charged with Sexually Assaulting Disabled Man on Sutton Estate

A 16-year-old boy has been charged with sexually assaulting a disabled man.


ENGLAND (Penrith,Cumbria), BBC News, May 6, 2013

Beacon Edge Nursing Home:  Hair-Pull Pair Admit Abuse

A 23-year-old woman and a 22-year-old man who worked with dementia patients in a care home admitted to physically and verbally abusing some residents.


WALES (Deeside), BBC News, May 6, 2014

‘Significant Failings’ in Care at Deeside Hospital

An investigation into complaints involving a Flintshire hospital found “significant failings” in the care of two patients.




MARYLAND (Baltimore), WBAL TV, May 8, 2014

Caregiver Sentenced for Leaving Disabled Man Alone

UPDATE – A 34-year-old caregiver plead guilty to one count of second-degree neglect of a vulnerable adult for abandoning his 23-year-old client who needs 24-hour care.


NEW YORK (Morrisville),, May 6, 2014

Central New York Man Accused of Abusing Disabled Person Who Was In His Care A 25-year-old counselor at a group home operated by Upstate Cerebral Palsy has been accused of abusing a male with developmental disabilities who was in his care.  Charges against him include endangering, assaulting, menacing, and harassment.


NEW YORK (Poughkeepsie), lohud, May 8, 2014

Health Aide at Rockland Psych-Operated Facility Charged with Rape

A 50-year-old mental health aide was arrested on charges he raped an adult patient in his care.  Details about the victim were not released, but the charges imply the victim was unable to give consent to the sexual contact.




FLORIDA (West Palm Beach), WPBF TV, May 6, 2014

Rene Fritz:  Man with Dementia Hasn’t Been Seen Since Thursday!LvWZO

Rene Fritz, a 64-year-old man suffering from Alzheimer’s or dementia has been missing since May 1, 2014.  He was last seen walking to attend a function at St. Ann’s Church in the downtown area.  He was last seen wearing a black shirt, black pants, and black shoes.


ILLINOIS (Chicago), ABC News, May 8, 2014

I-Team:  Illinois Nursing Homes Unseen By Cameras

If family members believe a nursing home is hiding abuse, it isn’t illegal to put a camera in their loved one’s room.  But the nursing home can remove the camera, or the patient.


ILLINOIS (West Englewood), Voices in Chicago-Sun Times, May 8, 2014

Elderly Man with Dementia Missing from West Englewood

Chicago Police are searching for Henrey Hill, 74, last seen near his home in the 6100 block of South Ada Street.  He suffers from dementia and may need medication.  He is 5-foot-11, 180-pound black man with brown hair, brown eyes, and a medium complexion.  He was last seen wearing a gray jacket and a tan baseball cap.  Anyone with information about Hill’s whereabouts is asked to call detectives at 312-747-8274.


NEW YORK, (Buffalo), WIVB TV, May 6, 2014

Appeals Court Says Family of Murder Victim Can Sue Erie County

UPDATE – The family of a woman who was murdered in 2010 by her mother, was given the opportunity to sue Erie County for failing to protect her despite reports of physical and sexual abuse.



 Upcoming Elder Abuse Conferences/Training Events (in chronological order):


•             The Florida Attorney General’s Office and The Florida Bar Elder Law Section’s Committee on Elder Abuse, Neglect and Exploitation are pleased to present “Confronting Elder Financial Exploitation”, May 12 – 14, 2014, in Altamonte Springs, Florida, at the Embassy Suites Orlando North. This 3-day class encourages participants to “think outside the box” in formulating successful investigations and legal remedies. Elder law attorneys, prosecutors, and investigators are partnering in their communities with other subject matter experts to successfully expose and prosecute those who abuse our elder citizens. This interactive class encourages an exchange of information and creative resolutions. For more information please click here: or call (850) 414 -3360.


•             The 7th Annual Forensic Investigations Conference will be held in the Kansas City Convention Center May 12-17, 2014.  The conference will focus on a broad array of emerging forensic issues, including sexual assault, interpersonal violence, ballistics, strangulation, and child and elder abuse in both urban and rural environments.  This year’s conference is designed to provide an interactive joint educational opportunity and promising practices when working with victims of violence.  To find more information, see here:


•             17th Annual Kern County Elder Abuse Prevention Conference Wednesday, May 21, 2014 8:15 am - 3:30 pm At Hodel’s Country Dining (Liberty Rm) 5917 Knudsen Drive Bakersfield, California. “When is a Bruise Not a Bruise: Forensic Wound Identification and Documentation of Possible Abuse and Neglect” Speaker Daniel J. Sheridan, PhD, RN, FAAN.  For more information:


•             The 3rd World Congress on Adult Guardianship will be convened on May 28-30th , 2014 in the Washington DC Metropolitan Area. It is sponsored by the National Guardianship Network in affiliation with the International Guardianship Network. The theme of the conference is, “Promising Practices to Ensure Excellence in Guardianship Around the World.” Proposals for presentations are due July 31.  See


•             The annual Gulf Coast Elder Abuse Conference, “Don’t Let the Light Go Out,” will be held on June 16, 2014 from 8:00 AM-4:45 PM in Slidell, Louisiana.  The conference will include six hours of continuing education credits for nurses, and credit is pending for lawyers, social workers, professional counselors, bankers, facility administrators and physical therapists.  A partial list of topics includes: Recognition of Injuries, the Elder Justice Act, Competence & Capacity, Domestic Violence Grown Old, The Role of Banking in Preventing and Responding to Elder Financial Exploitation and Elder Abuse and the LGBT Community.  Presenters include: Donald D. Akers Jr., JD; Harold S. Bartholomew Jr., JD; Jenefer Duane; Dean Hawley, MD; Candace J. Heisler, JD; Suzy Ritholz, PhD; Daniel Sheridan, PhD and Jane Thomas, JD.  For details, e-mail WEAAD@STSALT.ORG.  A complete list of topics, further details and registration information are available here:


•             The 2014 Consumer Voice Annual Conference will be held in Arlington, Virginia from November 15-19, 2014.  There will be speakers in the field, long-term care policy updates from key experts, and tools and resources for advocacy.  Registration and the conference agenda details will be coming soon.  For questions, contact:  



Funding Opportunities:


•             The Office for Victims of Crime released a solicitation under which it will fund up to ten awards of $150,000 to $750,000 to support organizations that use technology creatively to provide outreach and direct assistance to victims, particularly those who have never been served or for whom services are not readily available, nationally and/or internationally (for Americans abroad). OVC plans to fund three categories of projects: National-Scope Victim Service Initiatives, National Scope Victim Service Initiatives Proposing To Serve Underserved Victims Identified by the Applicant, and Victim Service Initiatives for American Victims of Domestic Violence and/or Sexual Assault Abroad. Deadline: May 15, 2014.  Link to the solicitation:  For questions, see contact information on page 2 of the solicitation.


•                    The Administration for Community Living has issued two requests for proposals for two elder abuse-related grants.  Please click on the links below to learn more:


Link to grant RFP




Due Date


National Center on Elder Abuse (NCEA)

Administration for Community Living




Native American Elder Justice Initiative

Administration for Community Living





An archived collection of previous newsfeeds is available here:


National Center on Elder Abuse

Center of Excellence on Elder Abuse & Neglect

University of California, Irvine

Division of Geriatric Medicine and Gerontology

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Orange, CA 92868


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