Kathleen Kane understands how important it is to protect our seniors from fraud, neglect, and abuse. She was an advocate for seniors as a prosecutor, and will continue to do so as Attorney General.
As we age, many of us require assistance and there is nothing more heinous than criminals targeting those most vulnerable. Too often seniors are victims of crimes that could have been prevented through proper community involvement, education, and a presence in our senior centers. As a prosecutor, Kathleen visited senior centers to warn seniors about the latest scams and ploys by criminals to get into their homes to steal cash and personal items or caretakers who abuse or neglect the elderly physically, financially or emotionally.
As a Prosecutor, Kathleen:
*Prosecuted to conviction court appointed guardians for theft from elderly, incapacitated victims where the assets of dozens of seniors were systematically stolen.
*Investigated, co-prosecuted and convicted a defendant for "Neglect of Care of a Dependent Person" where an elderly man was allowed to die of septic shock due to unattended open bed sores which became infested with parasites.
*Collaborated with police to catch a thief preying upon an elderly woman who lived alone. Accompanied the victim in her home over the course of several days until the predator made contact and a trace was accomplished.
*Keynote speaker before agency leaders to improve the system of awareness and reporting of financial abuse of the elderly.