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NEWS – Exploitation of the Elderly

The headline of this blog says it all “Exploitation of the Elderly”. This is a serious crime that is rampant in South Florida and goes unnoticed by all. Taking advantage of elderly should not be allowed as these ‘old folks’ cannot fend for themselves and depend on their immediate caretakers and family for everything. In the upcoming blogs I will find more articles of elder abuse for you to see the different scenarios that there are and it will also serve as a wake up call to us all when we see our elderly being taken advantage of by their own family and their caretakers. Read this article of a woman that was stealing from an elderly Cuban native.

MIAMI (WSVN) — Police have arrested a woman after exploiting an elderly woman’s savings account.

Seventy-seven-year-old Nelsa Delgado came to South Florida 40 years ago from Cuba.

Delgado and her husband saved money hoping to have a peaceful retirement, but she is now left with only heartache. “A lifelong family friend stepped in to help my mother, and during that time she ended up helping herself,” said Delgaso’s son Pedro Delgado.

According to police, her caretaker Olga Hidalgo-Gato took her entire savings out. “She wanted to know how much money was in her account, and then I came to find out she was overdrawn about $700,” said Pedro. “At that point, I said ‘There had to be a mistake,’ because I thought that my mother had more money than that or much more money than that in the bank.”

Pedro said his family trusted Gato because she was a long time family friend.

Police said over the course of a year, the suspect wrote herself checks from Delgado’s account and took out cash from ATM’s totaling more than $35,000.

Surveillance video showed Gato withdrawing Delgado’s money at various locations without her present.

Casinos are one of the places Delgado’s money had been withdrawn. Pedro said his mother hasn’t been to a casino since before the revolution in Cuba. “At some point, there was $500 take out on a daily basses and also visits to casinos, and the last time my mother went to the casino was in Cuba before the revolution,” he said.

Pedro said his mother is in very poor health, and is completely heartbroken.

This is a sad case of elderly abuse as the person that was stealing from Mrs. Delgado was a family friend and her caretaker Olga Hidalgo-Gato. Luckily in Mrs. Delgado’s case she is still lucid and was able to bring the attention to her savings account by asking her son to find out what her account balance was, which is where he realized that the balance was incorrect. After enquiries were made by the family the police was called in and further investigations showed Ms. Gato withdrawing money without Mrs. Delgado being present, and checks withdrawn also against her account without her permission.

A heart breaking story for the Delgado family, as it was her life savings that Ms. Gato was pilfering daily and as the report stated in amounts of $500, along with casino visits. Should you or a loved be a victim of this type of abuse, contact an Attorney experienced in elderly abuse law to ensure that you know your loved one’s rights. Contact us for your FREE consultation via telephone 954 431 8100 or 305 624 9186 or online.

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