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When a caregiver commits fraud

As a senior, you may feel that you are reaching that point in your life where you would like to have someone assist you with some daily matters that have become difficult. However, none of your adult children live near you in California, so you have had to hire a caregiver. At the Daily Law Group, we understand that there are some red flags that indicate your caregiver could be committing fraud.

Your caregiver holds a position of trust in handling your financial affairs, and breaching that trust is no small matter. Here are some methods that HelpGuide.org notes your caregiver could be using to steal your assets:

  • Using your credit cards to make purchases
  • Stealing cash or valuable items from your home
  • Writing checks and forging your signature
  • Using your identity to apply for new credit cards
  • Creating a phony charity for you to support

Some caregivers realize that it may be easy to defraud from someone who lives alone, but if a person has a family or social network, that can make it difficult for them to get away with illegal behaviors. Maybe you have noticed that your family and friends call less and less, and you have begun to feel alone or as if your caregiver is your only friend and family. It could be that he or she is taking steps to isolate you so that your loved ones do not become suspicious of what is going on. 

The law holds caregivers to a standard of utmost faithfulness, and there are legal steps someone can take to hold a dishonest caregiver accountable for mismanaged or stolen funds. For more information about fiduciary duty and fraud, please visit our webpage.

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