Financial abuse or financial exploitation of the elderly is unfortunately all too common in nursing homes or elderly facilities. According to the National Center on Elder Abuse, Bureau of Justice Statistics, financial abuse represents approximately 12% of reported elder abuse cases.
Stephanie Benodin, a former personal care assistant at The Tuttle Center, a life care retirement community that is part of The Amsterdam at Harborside in Port Washington, N.Y admitted that she took the checkbook of her victim an 88 year old resident of the nursing home and wrote a check of $10K in the name of her mother. She then deposited the check in her mother’s account but it was returned for insufficient funds.The 26-year-old Queens resident pleaded guilty to Attempted Grand Larceny in the Fourth Degree in Nassau County District Court before Judge Susan T. Kluewer. Sentencing is set for April 9.
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