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The Insidious Operation of Adult Financial Exploitation:  Lessons from the Case Involving the Exploitation of Dr. Charles Sifford

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Cleveland, OH
December 9, 2016

The recent prosecution of Craig and Sandra Sifford, the son and daughter in law to the late PGA legend, Dr. Charles Sifford, is demonstrative that the act of Financial Exploitation of a vulnerable older adult is not just a civil matter, but a crime.  In this presentation, we will take a deep dive into the underbelly of the epidemic and demonstrate the concepts of undue influence, breaches of fiduciary duty, power of attorney abuse,  capacity v. incompetency, and the manner in which a perpetrator gains confidence of his or her victim.  Most importantly, the goal of this presentation is to demonstrate that surface investigations or referring to these types of matters as “family problems” is costly to the victim.