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Lucas Kopijewski arrested for “grandparent scam”

GRANDPARENT SCAM “There have been over 36 complainants in the Edmonton area since March of 2022 and there are new complainants being identified every week.”Calgary Police A 30-year-old Lucas Kopijewski is facing six charges of fraud over $5,000 after police claim he targeted seniors with what’s known as a “grandparent scam.” Edmonton Police Service began […]

Sofia Sharin Hafiz, theft thousands of dollars

Sofia Sharin Hafiz, of Edmonton,A 53-year-old health-care aide has been charged with theft after two seniors were allegedly defrauded of almost $560,000, Edmonton police said Wednesday in a news release. A 75-year-old man contacted police in December 2018 to report an alleged fraud of close to $160,000 at the hands of his health-care aide, police […]

Saskatchewan Daughter Steals and Bankrupts Mother

Elder abuse expert Lynn McDonald routinely fields calls concerning financial exploitation, but none more dramatic than a recent incident involving a woman in Saskatchewan who was nearly bankrupted by one of her own adult children as she underwent hip replacement surgery. “The daughter convinced the mother to sign over everything to her while she was […]

Shaun Joseph steals $166,000 from disabled mother

Shaun Joseph, 59, of Ohio, U.S.A has been accused of stealing $166,000 from his disabled 91-year-old mother and using the money to buy sex dolls and lingerie A 59-year-old Ohio man has been arrested for allegedly stealing $166,000 from his dementia-stricken elderly mother, which police say he then used to buy a large cache of […]

Powers of Attorney Act

License to steal Our family became aware that our Mama was becoming frail. Sister Jamie assumed Power of Attorney and Personal Directive. Because Jamie’s husband was an accountant, this seemed like a good fit. There was a large estate of several million dollars, we were pleased that family affairs would be properly looked after.   […]

Bashir Quereshi, PDD Theft

Misspent Monies Contracted Group Homes Annual Report of the Auditor General of Alberta 2003.2004 7 Persons with developmental Disabilities Community Boards: contracting . page 106 In 2003-2004, the PDD Boards paid $342 million to provide services to adults with developmental disabilities. Although there are approximately 900 service providers, 100 service providers receive 90% of the […]

Theft by Public Trustee

Public Trustee lawyer steals from estate of dead man. Public Trustee Ned Ephraim Frohlich, 59, of Edmonton was disbarred by the Law Society of Alberta November 2014. In March 2013, Frohlich pleaded guilty to a fraud scheme and was sentenced to 16 months in jail. He will no longer be able to practice law. When […]


On Aug 4, 2017, at 8:09 AM, wrote: Is there someone I can speak to about my sister stealing my parents “treasures” while they were both in hospital? I am visit from BC, so don’t know the supports here. I was present when my dad asked my sister to return things, but she has refused. […]


Jeffrey Edward Stals /theft JEFFRY EDWARD STALS, 53-year-old man allegedly defrauded his 94-year-old grandmother of hundreds of thousands of dollars Charged with theft by a PERSON holding POWER OF ATTORNEY & fraud over $5,000, the charges came after a five-month investigation by EPS Senior Protection detectives. It’s alleged that between August 2010 and August 2014, […]

Powers of Attorney Act

We receive diverse complaints of elder abuse & neglect from across the Province on a daily, continual basis. One of the most prevalent complaints concerns that of estate theft which is facilitated by the POWERS OF ATTORNEY ACT legislation. For example – “Our aunt presently lives in a nursing home in xxxx & staff there […]

Financial Abuse

We have become aware of the following  matter. January 26, 2011, this elderly man was present at a meeting with his financial advisor and his two daughters, Susan McPhail & Barb Newman to whom he had granted Power of Attorney in case of health reasons. During that meeting, he planned to turn over a portion […]

Exploitation of Estate?

May 29, 2015 Via facsimile – 780 422 9136 – Letter to follow   Mr. Les Hills, Acting Alberta Public Trustee, Office of the Public Trustee 4th Floor, Brownlee Bldg. 10365 97 Street, Edmonton, AB. T5J 3Z8     Dear Mr. Hills: Reference: Estate of Lewis Clarke and Ruth Clarke – 10946 154 Street, Edmonton, […]

Sister steals Mother’s possessions

I am very concerned about my 88 year old mother, B.B., psychological and financial welfare.

Joanne Talbot-Brisson and Daughter Accused of 340K Theft from Seniors

OTTAWA — Joanne Talbot-Brisson, a long-time administrator at the Cumberland Lodge, was to appear in court on charges of defrauding dependent, elderly residents of hundreds of thousands of dollars over the last decade. Cumberland is a community on the Ottawa River in eastern Ontario. On May 27, 2010, police laid fraud charges against Mary Joanne […]

Misspent Monies

A report from 2005 prepared by the Elder Advocates of Alberta Society. Download PDF