Comment worth noting: Fight for your beloved seniors!

See five reasons to create podcasts: https://www.inc.com/tanya-hall/5-reasons-it-might-be-time-to-start-a-podcast.html

In response to my post about the Kenyan Killer, read it here, a regular reader sent this account of what she and her siblings are doing to seek justice for their father who passed while in the custody of “bad actors.”

Since the media is so unresponsive, she suggests creating a podcast to help get the word out without the media filter.

Since we write a lot about Tennessee especially at Refugee Resettlement Watch, I would like to know where in Tennessee this happened.  Guess we can wait for the podcast!

From Carol:

My advice to the family who lost loved ones due to this monster….DON’T STOP, DON’T GIVE UP.

I too am in the same battle. Bad actors in our family got control of my Alzheimer Dad after our Mother passed….they abused and neglected him to the point of homicide. This was in a small town in TN. The DA was corrupt, the Court was corrupt to the point I and my siblings could not rescue him.

After he died after 3 years of abuse and neglect…they tried to hurriedly cremate him. I had to stay on the phone for 3 days to force an autopsy. The local joke of a Death Investigator said “natural causes. ”

My other siblings and I retained a world renowned Forensic Pathologist and he said “HOMICIDE.”

We couldn’t get any law enforcement to rescue him…..and we couldn’t get any law enforcement to do anything about his death. We have fought for over 7 years to first rescue him, 5 years later he died. We were never allowed to see him all those years.

We went to multiple news sources….they won’t tell the story because they are compromised here and they think they would get sued.

So here’s where we are…..we are producing a Podcast that we will blast out across the country.

One way or another, people will know what happened to our kind Father.

I advise these family members to do the same thing. So many news outlets and “officials” are so compromised they are paralyzed and won’t or can’t act.

Don’t give in, don’t give up…..when talking about your parents’ deaths.

And don’t look to any “official” (especially the ones who have been in their position for a long time) to assist or help you. Don’t believe any laws you see in your state that claims it protects the elderly….that law is only there so they get tons of federal and state money….that they largely spend on fancy offices and “conferences” in exotic places…..trust me.

And good luck to you and yours….you’re going to need it.

This post if archived in my Activism category.

Stopping Fraud Against Seniors a Top Priority for the Attorney General

Keep this number handy!

AG Bill Barr and FBI Director Christopher Wray announced this week that an unprecedented number of cases of fraud against senior Americans have been charged or prosecuted and announced a hotline where you can report suspected fraud and help them catch more of the crooks, often foreign crooks, stealing from older Americans.

From CBS News  (good for them because I have seen very little elsewhere about this story from Tuesday):

Barr announces more than 400 charged for defrauding seniors over past year

Washington — More than 400 people have been charged with defrauding seniors out of more than $1 billion over the past year, the Justice Department revealed Tuesday. Attorney General William Barr announced the charges in Tampa on Tuesday at the Sun City Center Community Hall for seniors.

Barr explained why this issue has personal meaning for him. “I myself was used as a lure in a scam,” the attorney general told retirees. Before he became the nation’s 85th attorney general, the 1991 official photograph of Barr from his first stint in in the job in George H.W. Bush’s administration was used by scammers offering phony federal grants in exchange for money. “It was really heart-wrenching. People called in desperate hope that this was real,” Barr explained. “That crystalized the issue for me, and when I got to the department I wanted to make sure that this was one of our highest priorities to go after this.”

Fraud ring busted in 2019. https://qz.com/africa/1693540/fbi-bust-of-nigerian-email-fraud-shows-evolving-scam-tactics/

[….]

Barr has made elder fraud one of his top priorities as attorney general, and Tuesday’s announcement nearly doubles last year’s prosecutions.

Every U.S. attorney’s office across the country participated in either prosecuting or conducting proactive community outreach as part of the department’s sweep.

[….]

Scams targeting the elderly are usually foreign-based, like the “Nigerian prince” scheme or robocalls involving the impersonation of a U.S. government official who demands money from targets.

“The charges announced today demonstrate the great success of the Transnational Elder Fraud Strike Force to identify and stop those who are targeting our senior communities from overseas,” said FBI Director Christopher Wray in a statement. “We’re committed to continuing our efforts to keep our elderly citizens safe, whether they’re being targeted door-to-door, over the phone, or online.”

More here.

And, see the FBI Press Release on the announcement which includes a link to an interactive US map so you can see where some of the 400 cases are being prosecuted.

As I have said on innumerable occasions the President should be highlighting this fraud-busting work of his Justice Department, like this Transnational Elder Fraud Strike Force , at every one of his rallies.

 

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Texas: Their Mothers Were Murdered!

Imagine thinking that your elderly mother died of natural causes in an assisted living facility where you thought she was safe and well-cared-for only to receive a call two years later from the police telling you she didn’t die peacefully, but was likely murdered by Billy Chemirmir, a man who should have been removed from the US years before!

This is an update on my series of posts about the man I simply call the Kenyan Killer.

And, this is a story the national news is not touching! 

Imagine the pain of knowing that this is the last face your dear mother saw on this earth.

As we left off back in July the Kenyan Killer was behind bars in Texas awaiting trial for the murder of the last in a string of murders (more under investigation) that could make him the most prolific serial killer in Texas.

Why did these vulnerable senior women and one elderly gentleman die?  He wanted to steal their valuables, especially their jewelry.

Most were allegedly suffocated to death with a pillow.  He was a clever killer.

Reporter Charles Scudder at The Dallas Morning News has penned a two-part series on the case featuring some of the daughters who today suffer from enormous grief and anger over the deaths of their mothers—many of whom might not have died if the police and medical examiners had been sharp enough to see a pattern that might have emerged if, at least in some cases, the assisted living facilities had not been quick to assume death by natural causes.

The tip-off to some family members that something didn’t add-up was that their mothers’ jewelry was missing—one guardian angel necklace in particular.

The fabulous two-part series is behind a paywall.  It is an important paywall because it funds indepth journalism like this story.  Part 1 is here and Part II here

The two part series is entitled:

Guardians

Nearly two years after her mother died in a Dallas senior living apartment, Shannon Gleason Dion got a shocking call from a Plano
detective.

Her mother had likely been murdered, he told her, by a man who could be among the most prolific serial killers in Texas history.

Here is a bit of how reporter Scudder sets the scene in his opening paragraphs of Part II.  Shannon got that call:

Her 92-year-old mother, Doris Gleason, had died nearly two years earlier at The Tradition-Prestonwood, a luxury senior living facility in Far North Dallas. “Old age,” the death certificate had said.

No one could explain why jewelry was missing from the apartment. No one knew why Doris wasn’t wearing the guardian angel necklace she never took off. But Shannon had done her own sleuthing.

She’d learned that jewelry had been stolen from the apartments of other residents who had died.

Scudder’s story is riveting….

Wanting something good to come out of their suffering, five daughters have launched a new group!

 

 

SOSS stands for Secure our Senior’s Safety

And, this is what they say about their initiative:

Some of us are wives. Some of us are mothers and grandmothers. Some of us are sisters.

​We were daughters.

​Now we are friends. Joined together by a shared tragedy.

​We lost our mothers to a knock on a door.

To repeat – a knock on a door. He shouldn’t have been able to walk down their hall and knock on their door.

​We thought they were safe. We paid for oversight. We thought they were safe. They were not.

We are daughters who have lost their mothers. We are working so you don’t have to live our tragedy. We don’t want this to happen to another family.

Many of us have been in the situation of having to place a loved one in a care facility, and if you haven’t,  then you may very well be burdened with that decision in the future.

Therefore, if you do nothing else today, visit their website and if you feel moved to do so, donate to help them get their message out widely.

Where is the national news media?

Their story must get out nationally, please send to your social media networks and if you have any contacts with any national news outlet, please send it there too!

For more information either go to The Dallas Morning News (and pay if you can).

For more background, here below are my posts from earlier this year.  (I had a formatting problem, but the links work—click on the title!)

Illinois: Nursing Home Sued Over Abuse of Elderly Dementia Patient

“You just can’t believe you’re seeing this. You think your mom is safe and now this is going on.”

(Joan Biebel, Margaret Collins’ daughter)

Here is the pair of aides who taunted a 91-year-old patient in their care at a Chicago area nursing home, filmed their sick game and posted it on Snapchat.

Montesa and Lopez
Jamie Montesa and Brayan Cortez will be in court later this month. Not only are the pair uncaring and mean-spirited, they are stupid for posting their ‘game’ on the internet.

The first version of the story I saw yesterday was at a UK publication.

What! People in the UK know about this and we don’t!  But, this morning I see the story was reported locally.

Any sign of it on national news?  CNN? MSNBC? Probably not because here (dare I say it!) we have brown people torturing a little old white lady which doesn’t fit the mainstream media narrative!

Before I get to one local story (very few posted photos of Montesa and Cortez), be sure to see my previous posts on elder abuse in the case of Billy Chemirmir who was allegedly   murdering elderly women in assisted living homes in Texas, and the case in North Carolina where a Guatemalan ‘caregiver’ was sexually assaulting vulnerable women in his care.

And, then there was the rape case at a nursing home in Seattle, see here.

Is there an epidemic of abuse, even murder, going on in American nursing homes?

We are constantly bombarded with news about vulnerable women and children crossing our southern border, but what about our own vulnerable senior citizens! Why aren’t we hearing about them!

From WGN9-TV,

Nursing home sued after video shows staff taunting elderly woman

 

GLENVIEW, Ill. — A Glenview nursing home was sued after caregivers posted Snapchat videos of themselves taunting a 91-year-old dementia patient.

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Margaret Collins, a 91-year-old great-Grandmother was treated inhumanely by supposed nurse’s aides.

The short Snapchat video shows 91-year-old Margaret Collins who has dementia. In the video, it said “Margaret hates gowns!” with two laughing and crying emojis. It showed a certified nursing assistant repeatedly putting a hospital gown on top of an elderly woman while she tries to wave it away.

“You just can’t believe you’re seeing this,” Joan Biebel, Collins’ daughter, said. “You think your mom is safe and now this is going on. You’re just trying to figure out what the heck is happening here.”

The incident happened last December at the Abington of Glenview nursing and rehab center. Family members said staff knew that Collins did not like hospital gowns and preferred to wear her own clothes.

Brayan Cortez and Jamie Montesa were both charged with misdemeanor disorderly conduct. Police said Cortez was in the video and Montesa recorded it and they said she told investigators she had recorded video of Collins in her wheelchair once before.

“If they’re in her room, they should’ve been there for a reason to help, her assist her, not to exploit her and threaten her and demean her and post it on social media,” Biebel said.

The Abington

Now, the family is suing the nursing home, its parent company and the workers. The lawsuit seeks more than a million dollar in damages.

Administrators said in a statement:

“The privacy and dignity of our residents are of the utmost concern at The Abington. Recently, two employees were immediately terminated when it was determined that they violated our standards and policies.”

Police reports said Cortez and Montesa did initially return to work after serving a six day suspension. The Illinois Department of Public Health reported administrators initially concluded the allegations were unfounded after co-workers vouched for the pair.

“This was a sick game that two CNAs tried to play for their own enjoyment and by filing this lawsuit and pursing this lawsuit we will prevent this from happening to other individuals in this facility, as well as other facilities across the state,” John Perconti, attorney, said.

The state found Abington failed to implement its abuse prevention policy. Family members moved Collins to another facility, but they say her health has deteriorated.

My best advice for any of you who must put your loved one in a nursing facility is to check it out carefully and visit often and without notice. If you can’t do that all the time, find friends and relatives who will visit the patient at odd hours.

And, even if your family member or friend has dementia, listen to them if they show signs of fear or complain in any way about their care.  (Finally someone listened in the North Carolina case!)  Perhaps even look into getting a camera for the room if you are suspicious about nurses, nurses aides, and others with access to your loved one.

Nursing Home Nightmare: Guatemalan Aide Worker Sentenced for Raping Vulnerable Women in his Care

In August of 2017, Luis Gomez (58) was sentenced to 23 years behind bars after being found guilty of sexually assaulting women who at first were not believed by supervisors who apparently thought such a nice man could not commit such horrible acts on women with major disabilities or age-related dementia.

Luis Gomez
‘New American’ care-giver and now convicted rapist, Luis Gomez

But, a jury ultimately believed the women (and police investigators); and much to my surprise, CNN did major investigative reporting on the North Carolina case in 2017.
The story is old (hat tip: Cristina) but the depth of reporting is pretty astounding and makes me wonder if CNN was once able to dig deeply into stories that have nothing to do with Donald Trump!
It is small town America and you think your elderly or infirm family members are safe, think again…..
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