Long-Term Care Fraud: Stealing from the Coffers of the Elderly

by Thomas R. Kaiser Sr.

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The population of the elderly in the United States is growing due to the aging of the baby boomers and they are living longer due to improvements in health care. 2010 Census Bureau data shows that seniors (those 65 and older), increased by 15.1% to 40.3 million, or 13.1% of the total U.S. population. Life expectancy in the U.S. is at 78.2 years and death rates are at an all-time low (1). … Continue Reading

Insurance Fraud and Elder Abuse: An Elder Turns Against His Peers

by Barry Zalma, Esq., CFE

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Donald Martin Steffensen, 73, of Midvale, Utah was sentenced on January 27 for violating California’s Financial Elder Abuse and Grand Theft laws. The complaint alleged that while doing business as Senior Financial Benefits, Steffensen defrauded a 75-year-old Madera County resident. After selling his client an annuity, he directed the insurance company to send monthly benefits, totaling about $55,000 to his own address without the client’s knowledge. … Continue Reading

A Personal Experience: Seniors Find it Difficult to Report Fraud

by Denise Richardson


I often try to draw attention to real stories of fraud and identity theft whenever I can. I think that it helps to drive home the point that financial harm, fraud and identity theft can happen to anyone. By sharing our personal stories, we expose the effects it has on our lives. That’s the same reason that I often share my own experiences; it allows me to say “This is real … Continue Reading

Elder Abuse: The Story Behind Stranger-Owned Life Insurance (STOLI)

by Thomas R. Kaiser Sr.

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Stop me if you’ve heard this one before. An elderly couple is invited to a fancy dinner by a life insurance agent. After an evening of good food, drink and conversation, the agent tells the elderly couple about an investment opportunity that will net the elderly couple a nice tidy sum of cash. All they have to do is take out a life insurance policy for a large sum of money, say $10 million. The agent promises to loan the couple the money to pay the premiums and will even give the elderly couple a hefty cash reward for doing so … Continue Reading

A Grim Fairytale of Elder Abuse: The Straw Buyer and Reverse Mortgage Scam

by Robin Slade

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Once upon a time a con named Don wanted to purchase a foreclosed, depressed property but was unable to obtain a mortgage. Don enlisted the help of a greedy son-of-a-b*&^% named Mitch to act as a “straw buyer.” They were able to secure a loan because Mitch fraudulently led the bank to believe the property would be used as his primary residence. … Continue Reading

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