The man has been accused of cheating on his mother for more than $ 1 million when police called on the community to “stay vigilant” for signs of abuse of the elderly.
Police say a 64-year-old man from Melbourne transferred more than $ 1.14 million from his 83-year-old mother’s account to his own between 2014 and 2018.
A man from Melbourne allegedly used his mother’s debit card in Queensland to make more than $ 150,000 in unauthorized purchases and withdrawals, leaving the retiree’s account almost empty.
Police say the sick Ashmar woman was unable to give her son – who did not have a power of attorney – permission to access her funds.
Last January, detectives from the Financial and Cybercrime Unit and the Crime and Intelligence Command launched an investigation after a complaint was filed on behalf of the woman by a public guardian.
Last week, detectives flew to Melbourne to conduct a search warrant for the man’s address in Elwood.
He was later charged with fraud worth more than $ 100,000 and is due to stand trial in Brisbane on July 4.
Superintendent Detective Lance Verco of the Financial and Cybercrime Group said accusations of elder abuse were “disturbing” and urged people to remain vigilant about the signs.
“In all my 42 years of service in the police, I believe that these types of offenses are the most annoying and disturbing that someone may treat their loved ones this way,” he said.
“I would recommend that older and vulnerable people never feel ashamed and take control when such behavior happens, and always turn to a support person or friend.”
Public trustee and CEO Samai Zhouang said almost all cases of elder abuse occurred in family relationships.
“It’s devastating, but more than 80 percent of reports of financial abuse by older people in Queensland are due to family or friends misrepresenting their role as counsel.” he said.
“We all play a role in raising awareness about elder abuse and financial fraud to reduce the risk of elder abuse in society.”
Wednesday marks World Awareness Day for the Elderly.
It is estimated that one in six older Australians experiences some form of elder abuse. It can be emotional, financial, physical or sexual. It can also be the result of ignoring.
“Whether we are nine or 90, we all deserve security, equal and respected. To prevent elder abuse, we need to understand how it works and the basic attitudes, structures and beliefs that drive it, ”said Cybele Koning, CEO of Caxton Law Center.
If you know someone or are a victim of elder abuse or financial abuse, and this is not an urgent issue, please contact the Senior Abuse Hotline at 1300 651 192.