From April to mid September of last year my cousin was taking care of my grandmother and had control of her finance through December. She placed my grandmother in a facility in mid September but kept spending her money after she abandoned her in that facility. We already have a civil claim against her for the 3 months of monies that were spent, however I'm wondering what criminal avenues I may have since the payments were from the VA and SS.
I recommend consulting with an experienced elder law attorney as soon as possible. It appears you will need assistance pursuing the civil claims and, in that process, your attorney could enlighten you regarding the possible criminal law violations and direct you to the proper authorities to pursue criminal charges.
You don't "have avenues" with criminal matters. Either the State (or the Feds) will bring an action or they will not. You do not get a choice. The prosecutor decides whether to proceed or not. States ARE trying to crack down on elder abuse, so you MAY find a sympathetic prosecutor looking to make an example. But it will not be your choice nor is there anything you can do about this.
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Report elder abuse here:
They will open an investigation.
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