Bertha's Story

Bertha is 88-years-old and was financially exploited by her two nieces. After becoming her guardian and conservator, the nieces sold her home, her car, her personal belongings, and everything else important to her. photo of elderly woman

They divided the proceeds and purchased traveler’s checks with some of the money. Her nieces even continued to steal her monthly pension benefits from out of state, utilizing an ATM.

phot of person in handcuffs DHHS became her public guardian and had the two nieces removed as co-guardians and co-conservators. Both nieces were prosecuted; one niece received a six-month jail sentence. Restitution is part of their probation.
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