Yet another story about financial elder abuse committed by a predatory caregiver. This one was caught after her 94-year old victim discovered that several household items, including a mink coat, were missing. She also learned that a “missing” credit card was used to buy several expensive items. And it gets worse…
A few days after Shelton reported the credit card theft, Shelton again became ill during an unexpected visit from Kopti… Wendy Davis , a friend who helped care for Shelton… found her unconscious with Kopti trying to awaken her… Davis told police Kopti urged her not to call 911, that Kopti had no reason to be at Shelton’s house and that she believed Kopti had drugged Shelton.
The perpetrator in this case, who is still under investigation for possible thefts from other elderly clients, was sentenced to 120 days in jail and 120 days under house arrest and five years probation. Her victim died last month.
Most financial elderly abuse committed by caregivers occurs after the perpetrator has gained the victim’s trust and over a long period of time. Predatory caregivers can be outsiders or family members. Click here for information and tips on how protect yourself or an aging love one.