Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry spoke about elder care after a recent incident involving a Social Services director. The woman is accused of stealing substantial amounts of money from residents of a retirement home where she worked. The attorney general said the state works very hard to protect its elderly citizens and the infirm, and it is disappointing to think someone might take advantage of them in a financial fraud scheme.
The 49-year-old woman who is also a resident of this state is accused of conducting several schemes over an approximately four-year period in order to obtain personal financial gain. There are at least 15 counts against her for stealing assets from an elderly or disabled person. She is also charged with forgery, money laundering and exploitation of people who suffer infirmities.
The court set her bail at $300,000. The total amount the Social Services director is accused of stealing is somewhere close to $400,000. As in all criminal cases, however, being charged with a crime does not necessarily mean a conviction will be forthcoming.
This woman, like anyone who stands accused before a Louisiana criminal court, is presumed innocent of the charges and will be given an opportunity to present as strong a defense as possible. A criminal defense attorney often comes to the assistance of those in such situations. In fact, aggressive legal representation is often the most viable option for combating the tactics of prosecutors who are pulling out all stops to try to obtain convictions. An experienced attorney is often able to mitigate even the most troubling circumstances on behalf of a defendant.
Source: klfy.com, "Woman arrested for stealing nearly $400k from elderly residents in north Louisiana", Nick Gremillion, May 22, 2017