Trusting Oakland Township Seniors Taken for Over $375,000.
It is a common story – senior citizens taken by con artists. “Befriended, then betrayed” reads one newspaper headline. A trusting Oakland Township couple has lost at least $375,000, taken by criminals they met in downtown Rochester shops.
The Senior's home was mortgaged for $100,000. Bank Statements
Mrs. X signed off $105,000 of her retirement account as collateral for another loan.
Their Merrill Lynch account manager prepared a report summarizing;
$305,117 -- Withdrawals from his IRA
$129,100 -- Withdrawals from her account
Their bank called the Michigan Department of Human Services to investigate.
Mr. X's doctor wrote of Medical
"degenerative vascular brain disease often seen in the elderly ... patient is intellectually and emotionally impaired".Judge O'Brien, Michigan 6th Circuit Court Family Division, found Mr. X
"unable to manage his property and business affairs effectively due to mental deficiency and physical illness or disability."Mrs. X is partially paralyzed from a stroke. She would pretend not to listen, when her husband explained to visitors that;
"In many cultures it is quite normal for a man to keep a wife and a mistress in the same house."
When Mr. X's son warned one of the criminals to stay away, the criminal brazenly distressed the feeble seniors. With the convicted felon at his side, the infirm old man, recovering from heart surgery, was put on the phone to shout at his son that he would call the police and have his son put in jail, if the son slandered dad's girlfriend. The criminal's action seems typical of what is described in an article available on-line at:
"A predator strikes up a relationship, often romantic, with an elderly person. Gradually, the con artist alienates the older person from his or her family, convincing the senior that "they're just after your money". But money is in fact the predator's real target. ... these malicious folks take control of retirees' finances or induce seniors to give them money and assets, sometimes leaving their victims penniless."
"I hope somebody didn't
Eventually a Protective Order from the court was obtained giving Mr. X's son charge of his assets. The Sheriff's Department is studying the case, but the victim's forgetfulness and cooperation with the criminals, makes prosecution difficult.
The material presented here has been carefully reviewed.
Family of Mr. and Mrs. X, The Seniors, can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org
We are promoting community awareness, hoping to save others from such predations.
If you have information to share, please contact us. It is unlikely that Mr. & Mrs. X are the only vulnerable seniors in Rochester being taken by these criminals. Victims are often embarrassed and reluctant to report incidents.
The facts stated herein can be checked in the public sources cited, supported by financial and medical records, and attested to by multiple witnesses. We can assist anyone needing verification of this information.
All statements of fact are supported by good cause to believe they are true.
Please help share this information with all who might help the more vulnerable seniors in our community.
I am not directly signing this letter. Write the email address above and I will identify myself and communicate freely with anyone of good intentions.
My father and step-mother, the victims identified as Mr. and Mrs. X in the attached, were once significant personages in this town. To identify myself is to identify and shame them.
My mother, who had sense enough to divorce Mr. X decades ago, has long been active in civic affairs and is well known. She has nothing to do with this lunacy, but such things frequently get confused.
There is no good reason to publicise the family name of the victims, which I would be doing if I signed this.
I will be happy to openly communicate with anyone needing more information, seeking to promote the welfare of the more vulnerable members of our community.
'All that is needed for evil to triumph is for good men to do nothing'