FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, June 14, 2019
LANSING – While Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel kicked off the first Elder Abuse Task Force listening tour stop in Grand Rapids this afternoon, members of her Health Care Fraud Division were charging three individuals in three separate cases with elder abuses in Kent County.
Arraigned today in Kent County’s 61st District Court by Judge Kimberly Schafer were:
“These three cases illustrate the incredible importance of our Elder Abuse Task Force and the need for community awareness, dialogue and solutions to help eliminate elder abuse in Michigan,” said Nessel. “Residents living in nursing homes are inherently vulnerable, incredibly dependent on others, and deserve the best care possible, which includes following their care plans which are put in place for a reason. Guardians are entrusted to safeguard, not raid, the assets of those they have been appointed to protect.”
Attorney General Nessel and Supreme Court Justices Richard Bernstein and Megan Cavanagh are kicking off the Elder Abuse Task Force Listening Tour in Grand Rapids today at the Kent County Probate Court from 1-3 p.m. For more information on the Elder Abuse Task Force, please visit www.michigan.gov/ag and click on Elder Abuse under the initiatives tab.
A criminal charge is merely an allegation and defendants are presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.
The Attorney General’s Office does not provide photos of defendants. The Kent County Sheriff’s Department may have booking photos available.