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Tampa Exploitation Attorney

Most financial exploitations of the elderly accusations involve conflicts among caregivers or family members over the management of an elderly person’s bank account, income, and other property. Allegations of fraud, theft, contractor scams, unauthorized real estate transactions, consumer fraud, and investment scams are also not uncommon. Below, our Tampa exploitation attorney explains more about this type of elder abuse, and how you can obtain compensation for you and your family.

Common Examples of Exploitation

Sadly, there are a number of different ways elders can be exploited. Some of the most common of these are as follows:

  • A signature on a power of attorney or other financial documents is forged
  • Someone befriends an elder and convinces them to transfer property to them so they can assist with their finances
  • Bills are not paid despite the elder having sufficient income
  • Checks for large amounts are made out to ‘cash’
  • Money is transferred from a bank account without the elder’s consent
  • Changes that were not authorized are made to wills and other estate planning documents
  • Former caregivers improperly remain as the representative payee for Social Security purposes
  • Financial statements, valuable objects, and cash go missing

Criminal Penalties for Exploitation

In Tampa, and throughout Florida, exploitation is covered under the Exploitation of an Elderly Person or Disabled Adult law. This legislation is relatively new, having only been enacted in 2014. This law makes it easier for prosecutors to secure convictions against those who exploit the elderly, while also enhancing penalties one could face after conviction. The current penalties one could face after conviction are as follows:

  • Property valued under $10,000: If the property stolen is less than $10,000, the offense is classified as a third-degree felony and it is punishable by up to five years in prison and a maximum fine of $5,000.
  • Property valued between $10,000 and $50,000: If the property stolen is between these amounts, the offense is classified as a second-degree felony and is punishable by up to 15 years in prison, or
  • Property valued at $50,000 or more: This offense is a first-degree felony and is punishable by up to 30 years in prison.

While the above penalties are intended to punish the individual and make restitution to the state, they will not help the exploited elder or their family. However, you and your family member can file a civil claim against the offender to obtain compensation for your loved one’s losses, such as the money that was withdrawn from their bank account. Our exploitation attorney can help you through the process so your family claims the full damages you deserve.

Call Our Exploitation Attorney in Tampa Today

Learning that someone has taken advantage of your loved one is devastating. Fortunately, you do have options that can help make things right for your family member and ensure they are protected. At BBDG Law, our Tampa exploitation attorney can guide you through the process of obtaining the compensation your family needs so you can claim the full and fair settlement your loved one deserves. Call us today at (813) 221-3759 or fill out our online form to schedule a consultation.