ROCHESTER, Minn. – It’s a problem you might not be aware of, but it’s actually impacting you.
More and more vulnerable adults are taken advantage of. These adults are people who live in care facilities, or have physical or mental impairment that makes it difficult to protect themselves. Usually the suspects, most often a family member, will drain the victim’s bank accounts without them knowing. “We’ve gotten calls that they are being asked to leave their residence, the nursing home, their apartment building, or wherever because they haven’t been paying their bills. All their money is gone and they can’t buy their mediciations,” Chandra Dennison with Olmsted County Adult Protective Services said. “I think it just comes down to it’s just not right. It hurts the individual whose money is being taken,” Detective Dave Rikhus with the Olmsted County Sheriff’s Office added.
Dennison says once the crime happens, it’s up to the state to take care of the victim.