Samuel Sonora Elderly Fraud Case

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Ninety-year-old Samuel Sonora suffers from dementia and was taken in by relatives out of what seemed to be a compassionate concern for his well-being. Not long after being taken in by relatives, Mr. Sonora was found wandering in a bus terminal 1,000 miles away from home without any recollection of how he ended up there and returned to his relatives. Due to the suspicious circumstances surrounding the situation, Adult Protective Services investigated Mr. Sonora’s finances and found the relatives had taken thousands of dollars from the elderly man’s bank account under the disguise of maintenance work that had never been done. Nor could they explain how Mr. Sonora ended up 1,000 miles away from home in light of his current physical and mental condition (National Adult Protective Service…show more content…
These efforts are focused on federal and state agencies offering fraud protection education to senior citizens through workshops, emails, and postal mailings (Swanson et al., 2012, p. 424). According to the Federal Bureau of Investigation (2010), crimes affecting the elderly are based on many factors such as they often have good credit, have a nest egg, and own their own homes. In addition, seniors were raised in a different era where they were taught to be polite and trusting, leaving them susceptible to fraudulent promises of others. Cognitive impairments of this aging population also make them more attractive since they may not be able to supply investigators with enough information to build a case against the perpetrator

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