Forgery Arrest Sheds Light on Elder Abuse

By: Nick Adam Email
By: Nick Adam Email

Meridian Police say 58 year old Robert Reed of Meridian is charged with 16 counts of forgery, all connected to a senior citizen he was taking care of.

A female relative of Robert Reed is the victim in the case. Reed is charged with writing several bad checks that belonged to the woman he was supposed to be helping.

Vulnerable adult advocates say that it is often relatives of elderly adults that end up taking advantage of them.

According to a study conducted by Metlife Insurance, more than a quarter of financial fraud cases involving the elderly involve relatives of the victim.

Lowana Broadfoot, Director of Aldersgate in Meridian, says the staff there goes to great lengths to help residents avoid financial scams.

"We've just implemented a policy at Aldersgate where we will be screening all of the outside workers that our residents have," says Broadfoot, "so if they have chore workers, or if they have housekeepers or anything like that we will be criminally background testing them."

Wesley House officials warn that it's often seniors who live alone that are most at risk.

If you are concerned or think you are possibly being taken advantage of, you can call 1-800-222-8000 to be directed to someone that can help.

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