Friday, December 02, 2016

Administrators At Senior Citizens' Home Call In Cops After Elderly Resident's Rent Goes Into Default, Leads To Arrest Of Family Member For Abusing POA & Raiding Bank Accounts For Over $200K; 86-Year Old Victim Forced To Leave Facility That Provided Meals, Programming For Socializing, Now Lives Alone In Apartment Paid Thru Public Assistance

In Libertyville, Illinois, the Libertyville Review reports:
  • A woman charged with stealing over $200,000 from an elderly family member [wa]s scheduled to appear in court Nov. 29.

    An 86-year-old woman was living in a facility for senior citizens in Libertyville when in January 2015 administrators said her rent was not being paid, according to Sgt. Chad Roszkowiak of the Libertyville police department.

    Jacqueline M. Henry, 53, [...], had power of attorney over the elderly woman and joint access to bank accounts, Roszkowiak said.

    "This relative oversaw the finances, and part of that was to make sure the lease payments were being made," Roszkowiak said. "When that stopped happening, the victim went to the bank to find out what was happening and discovered that her money was pretty much gone."

    Over nearly two years, Roszkowiak said he and others have subpoenaed financial documents and found unjust financial activity dating as far back as 2010 that totaled over $200,000.

    After showing evidence to a judge, police say they were granted a warrant and Henry was taken into custody at her home on Oct. 21. Documents show Henry was charged with financial exploitation of an elderly person, money laundering, and theft.

    Attempts to reach Henry for comment were unsuccessful.

    Roszkowiak said officers were not able to recover any money. He said a judge could order restitution if Henry is found guilty.

    The 86-year-old woman was in a facility with provided meals and programming for socializing, but Roszkowiak said she's now alone in an apartment that she is paying for through public assistance.

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