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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  • by Steve Location: Maryland on Apr 11, 2012 at 01:58 AM
    Great points by all. We do need a grassroots organization to come along side of the business community and government orgs to fight this. I ran across a start-up org that looks promising at I think it's not even launched yet because this the the domain of the graphics firm building their website. Great comments by all.
  • by Andrew Location: Meridian on Apr 9, 2012 at 07:16 PM
    If you don't do anything about drug crimes and the abuse of the elderly, then you put your own life in jeopardy. I don't think anyone truly wants to live in a dog eat dog world.
  • by Andrew Location: Meridian on Apr 9, 2012 at 07:13 PM
    This is a major problem. The economy is terrible, and there are serious drug problems in the area and United States in general. There is a serious need for people to stand up and try to get things done. When you know about drug abuse or the abuse of the elderly going on, contact the police or sheriff's department. If it gets you in trouble with the law for trying to stop horrible things from happening that says something about the police also. It would be wise to do so anyway because if you are in the wrong, getting in trouble trying to help stop horrible things from happening would be righteous, and a righteous judge would see that and probably show you some mercy. I do know that we have a few good judges around, but some times I wonder about the police. The recent huge number of drug related arrests is a very good indicator that they are trying to do something about the problem. Often, they don't know where to start if no one speaks up about the problem, this slows the judicial process and can end up getting you in trouble for hurting an investigation. "All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing." Edmund Burke
  • by Alisha Location: California on Apr 9, 2012 at 05:06 PM
  • by bearhunter on Apr 5, 2012 at 09:23 PM
    Try using your imagination.
  • by anony Location: Mississippi on Apr 5, 2012 at 05:06 PM
    What makes an elder vulnerable? If they are of sound mind and do not seem confused or forgetful just getting old and frail, how do you determine if they are legally vulnerable?
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