Gotcha: Caregiver Sentenced for Elder Fraud


October 28, 2019

An FBI case involving the embezzlement of a 92-year-old victim’s finances exemplifies the serious threat of elder fraud.


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Mollie Halpern: An FBI case involving the embezzlement of a 92-year-old victim’s finances exemplifies the serious threat of elder fraud.

This is “Gotcha,” featuring an FBI closed case, and I’m Mollie Halpern of the Bureau.

Faye Ann Singer, a former caregiver at a senior living facility outside of Tucson, Arizona, stole the checkbook of a woman under her care.

For 17 months, Singer forged checks from the victim’s account to pay her own bills and to get cash.

Special Agent Gary Hellmer says investigators, including an FBI forensic accountant, reviewed financial records...

Gary Hellmer: The subject made an excuse that the victim had given her the money and when presented with the evidence, she confessed to stealing the money.

Halpern: Singer was sentenced in September to 18 months in prison and ordered to pay more than $93,000 in restitution.

Agent Hellmer has advice for those caring for elderly loved ones...

Hellmer: It is important for the family members as well as other trusted individuals in these elderly individuals’ lives to take a proactive role in reviewing their financial records in order to make sure that there are not any fraudulent transactions involved.

Halpern: Learn more about what the FBI is doing to prevent and mitigate elder fraud at fbi.gov.

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