Bilking is the act of obtaining money from someone by deceit or without justification, and the elderly are at greater risk than the general population of being affected by it. Recently, an Illinois couple was found liable for bilking a group of 1,000 or more elderly victims out of more than $800,000. One member of the couple was recently sentenced to more than 13 years in a federal prison.
To implement the scam, she pretended to be a fraud investigator, seeked out vulnerable elderly people and told them she was investigating potential frauds on their financial accounts. Once the scam artist developed a relationship with the victim, and gained their trust, her and her husband would gather the victim's financial information and in some cases even gained access to their actual credit cards.
To ensure this scam would work, the couple targeted one of society's most vulnerable demographics, the elderly. They visited nursing homes and approached residents that had trouble getting around or seemed weak. One of their victims even needed to be hooked up to an oxygen tank. To say the least, most of the victims were not in a position to protect themselves from such experienced and determined scam artists. Sadly, in many nursing homes today the elderly are neglected making it easier for people with unwholesome intentions to take advantage of them. This story, is one of many examples that illustrates why family members need to pay attention to the elderly people in their life. The first step in helping one's relatives is knowing who to contact to protect their rights as well as employing some preventative measures to keep those rights intact.
One way is to put your loved ones in a reputable nursing home. U.S. News & World Report has recently published rankings for nursing homes in every state. Here is a link to the Illinois rankings. The Nursing Homes are rated using a 5-star rating system. The rated categories are: "Overall, Health Inspection, Nurse Staffing, and Quality Measures." The lists are organized by states and zip codes. For example, a Chicago native can enter their zip code and find a quality nursing home with within the metropolitan area or the surrounding suburbs.
If you or someone you love has been injured, neglected, or abused in a nursing home at the hands of nursing home caretakers, please contact Ed Fox & Associates today.