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Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Boston-area Elder Services Director Indicted on Fraud, Theft

Our attorneys work with families to ensure the safety and security of the elderly population, as well as to address concerns regarding long-term care costs. Not only does this include protection from physical and/or emotional harm at the hands of wayward caretakers, but insulation from the devastating effects of elder financial abuse as well. According to statistics, elder abuse is one of the most underreported crimes in the United States, often due to the diminished mental capacities of victims and/or victims’ unwillingness to come forward with allegations against family members or caregivers.

Fortunately, the Commonwealth of Massachusetts keeps a keen watch over its elderly population, and recently indicted the director of its elder services department within the Boston Housing Authority. According to allegations, the director was awarded a six-figure grant from the federal government in 2008. Those funds were earmarked for improvements to public housing units designated for senior citizens and the elderly. However, as the investigation quickly unveiled, those funds were being used for nearly anything but improvements for the elderly.

Allegedly, the director did not even inform the Boston Housing Authority that it had won the grant. He then proceeded to use nearly $20,000 for personal gains, including “travel expenses in Las Vegas, New Orleans, and Barbados; expensive meals; a mattress; virility supplements; and collectible coins.”

In a statement by the Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office, “[t]his defendant was a trusted member of the elder services community….But rather than fulfilling the commitment he made to Boston’s seniors, he allegedly used his position of trust to cash in at the expense of vulnerable elders and the agencies dedicated to meeting their needs.”

As a result of these egregious allegations, the Elder/Disabled Housing department of the Boston Housing Authority has been unfortunately eliminated for the time being. However, the city has arranged for various other agencies to fulfill the needs of the area’s senior citizen and disabled population.

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