A Spokane man, James Schmidt, age 50, will be arraigned on charges of first degree theft after allegedly conning senior citizens of more than $100,000 during the past year all over Washington state including in Yakima, Kittitas and Whatcom counties according to the Washington State Patrol media release.
Schmidt was a door-to-door salesman selling vacuum cleaners and air filters. Charging papers say he would gain the confidence of elderly persons and con them into lending him money or investing in a franchise.
Schmidt was convicted of a similar scheme in January of 2008 in King County.
Elder abuse and neglect and also cons and swindles against elders are becoming more commonplace. The United States House of Representatives just passed HR 448 which is the Elder Abuse Victims Act of 2009 which, if passed, will help law enforcement and prosecutors combat elder abuse.
We have also seen cases of nursing home residents victimized by their caregivers or others who exercise undue influence. In undue influence cases, we see a person who is stronger or more powerful to get an elderly person to do something that he or she would not normally do. Investing in schemes, purchasing elaborate funeral arrangements, or giving someone signing control over ones funds are all examples of things we have seen elderly Americans do when someone has undue influence of them.
Residents of nursing homes can be victims of undue influence and sometimes they are also physically or psychologically abused.
If your elderly loved one has suffered a serious injury due to elder abuse or neglect, you should contact The Farber Law Group. We have more than 30 years experience in representing nursing home abuse victims and their families. With our help you may be able to recover compensation for your damages.