California Deputies Accused of Bilking Elderly Woman With Dementia

Like many Americans her age do each winter, Rosalie Achiu hopped on a flight to escape the cold for somewhere balmy. Achiu, a 75-year-old woman with dementia, was alone on her way to a tropical island less than a month after a series of bizarre incidents that seemed to stem from a seemingly routine welfare check by law enforcement.

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Elder Abuse

A trial court improperly denied a defendant’s motion to exclude evidence of statements she made to a counselor admitting that she had smothered her grandmother with a pillow, an Oregon appeals court ruled, finding that the state’s elder abuse reporting statutes “only abrogate privileged communications to the extent that a report be submitted.”

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Homeowners Call California Program a Magnet for Fraud

An elderly California woman suffering from stroke, dementia and cancer claims in court that she was charged $129,000 — “more than double the normal price” — for work on her home she did not need, and to replace items she had recently upgraded. Five other poor, elderly homeowners also sued Oakland-based Renew Financial Holdings, on similar charges, in April.

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